As Catalan President Carles Puigdemont spoke at a press conference in Brussels, details emerged of a Madrid document that partly blames the current crisis in Spain on a number of well known people from around the world. The Spanish government specifically named WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and artist Yoko Ono as encouraging the Catalan independence referendum.
Brussels press conference
At the press conference, Puigdemont made it clear he was not in Brussels to claim asylum:
He also said he accepted the snap election for Catalonia, imposed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, on 21 December.
He added that he and his colleagues would return to Catalonia once it is guaranteed they could act “with freedom and without threats”.
Source: Tom Coburg