Charles Puigdemont (ex Catalan leader) has turned himself in to authorities as strikes and marches take place in Catalonia.

This follows the sentencing of 12 of his former colleagues.

Puigdemont appeared before Belgian authorities in relation to his arrest warrant. He has rejected his warrant and any attempts to take him back to Spain.

A number of his associates including Puigdemont himself fled to Belgium in 2017 after holding an independence referendum that according to the Spanish government was illegal.

-Sam Fitzsimons