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>> Why are you hear in Brussels? Can you tell us->> Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is now holed up in Belgium but he's not exactly laying low. Madrid took over his regional government after their cause for independence. Now speaking in Brussels, the heart of the EU, he used his new base to attack the Spanish State.
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> Here, Puigdemont gave his backing to fresh Catalonia elections called by Madrid for late December. His party plans to take part with or without him. That might place Puigdemont on the sidelines in the on going independence debate.
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But he has still chosen a Flemish lawyer with history fighting extradition cases against Spain. At a press briefing, Paul Beckett fired a warning shot saying, I know the Spanish reaction very well, I know their psychology and their mentality. That might come in handy. Spain's prosecutors called for charges of rebellion to be laid against Puigdemont.
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It could mean up to 30 years in prison. The country's Supreme Court has also started rebellion proceedings against the Catalan parliament speaker and other senior lawmakers.>>
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>> Puigdemont declared an independent Catalan Republic on Friday. Madrid stepped in, overturning the ruling, sacking Puigdemont, and imposing direct rule on the autonomous region.
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That hasn't led to widespread resistance, with the sucessionist leadership seemingly in disarray.>>
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But biding his time in Brussels is also likely to make him a continued thorn in Spain's side.