After having assembled outside what they have dubbed the “Casa de la República” (The House of the Republic), Mr Puidgemont’s rented house, in the well-to-do Walloon Brabant town at around, the marchers set off for Brussels three-quarters of an hour later.
They passed through Sint-Genesius-Rode (Flemish Brabant) and Ukkel (Brussels-Capital Region) before entering the City of Brussels via the Terkamerenbos Park. They arrived outside Brussels Central Station, where they met up with other demonstration at around 1pm. The Catalans’ demonstration is in protest at the prison sentence given by a Spanish court to Catalan separatist leaders for their part in the organisation of the 2017 independence referendum.
Spain accuses Carles Puigdemont of sedation and misuse of public funds and has issued a European warrant for his arrest. The Belgian Judicial Authorities have released Mr Puigdemont on conditional bail awaiting a hearing on his eventual extradition to Spain on 29 October.