>> First he lost his job, now he's facing an arrest warrant. Spain's high court on Friday asking Belgium to arrest ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four of his former counselors. All five went to Brussels after Catalonia's regional government was sacked by Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy. Madrid took control of Catalonia and announced snap elections following a declaration of independence by Puigdemont's government.
Eight members of his dismissed cabinet are behind bars
nding an investigation and a potential trial. Puigdemont has said they should be released.
isy protests in Barcelona echoing his call.>>
>> The detention of the secessionist leaders and Puigdemont's flight to Belgium appear to have given a boost to the secessionist camp just as cracks were appearing in its ranks.
>> Puigdemont>> Hundreds gathered for a pro-independence protest outside Barcelona's City Hall on Friday night. Thousands had rallied across the region the night before. Eyes now turning to the elections and the pro-independence are together the YES coalition.>>
And a poll published on Tuesday showed that the secessionist coalition would win the election if the vote was held today. For the government in Madrid, that would mean the independence issue isn't going away any time soon.>>