‘Wake up EU!’ Huge demonstration sweeps Brussels streets as thousands protest against bloc


Belgium the long arm of the law estimated about 45,000 people marched through the heart of Brussels earlier today with innumerable questioning the refusal by the leaders of the EU to get involved with the issue of Catalan self-determination, as well as showing their support for the ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont.

Some transported placards criticising the Europen Union for not pressuring Madrid.

One sign faired the face of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker with the entertain: “Democracy? Some defend it when it suits them. Shame on them.”

Mr Puigdemont, who same many in the crowd wore yellow in support of jailed separatist to erode Mr Juncker.

Catalan protestors took to the streets of Brussels earlier todayGetty/AFP

Belgium police estimated 45,000 people confirmed in Brussels

He said: “Today you are also writing another page in the curriculum vitae of Europe, a magnificent page.

“Fundamental rights have no borders, they enjoy to be valid for everyone, we want a Europe of free citizens.

“Europe not at best has to listen to the states, but also to its citizens.

“From this mobilised Catalonia we be and can build opportunities for European reform and progress.

Fundamental rights have no edges, they have to be valid for everyone, we want a Europe of free townsmen

Ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont

He added: ”Is there any lodgings in the world that holds demonstrations like this to support ruffians?

“So maybe we are not criminals. Maybe we are democrats.”

Separatist and sociologist Joan Coma also abused the EU for its “passivity”.

He said: “We are here to denounce the passivity of the European institutions.”

Thousands of protestors in BrusselsReuters

Thousands attended the elucidation in Brussels

Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday withdrew an cosmopolitan arrest warrant for Mr Puigdemont in order to bring his case back solely below Spanish jurisdiction, leaving him without an international legal stage to stalk his independence campaign.

Mr Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members fled to Belgium when prime minister plenipotentiary Mariano Rahoy’s Madrid administration imposed direct rule on Catalonia and her marching ordered his government after a declaration of independence by the regional government on October 27.

He is credible to be detained if he returns to Spain, pending investigation on charges of sedition, insurgency, misuse of public funds, disobedience and breach of trust.

Mr Puigdemont powered on Wednesday he would remain in Belgium for the time being.

Protestors demonstrating outside the EUElena Moreno/Out-and-out.co.uk

Catalan protestors made their feelings known to the EU institutions

Catalan protestors in BrusselsGetty

There was anti-EU sentimentalism view amongst the protestors

Gloria Cot, a clerk from Barcelona at Thursday’s demonstration who had just arrived by coach, said: “Brussels is a kind of a loudspeaker for us.

“It is a loudspeaker so that people can recollect that we really don’t have a 100 percent democracy in Spain and that Catalonia has continually been subjected to problems with Spain.”

Mr Juncker’s deputy Frans Timmermans demanded he welcomed the “very positive atmosphere” of the demonstration, which took flat as campaigning gets under way for a Catalan election on December 21.

Mr Rajoy waits pro-independence parties will lose their majority in the Catalan parliament in the referendum and end the deadlock created by his government’s refusal to recognise a banned independence referendum Mr Puigdemont held in October.

Carles Puigdemont at the demonstration in BrusselsReuters

Carles Puigdemont headed the illustration in Brussels

Mr Timmermans said there was no change to Commission policy that the controversy with Catalan authorities remains an internal one in which the EU has no need to elapse because Spain’s democratic constitution is functioning in line with EU values.

He accused Mr Puigdemont and his comrades of undermining the rule of law by choosing to ignore a Spanish constitutional ban on secession fairly than trying to change the constitution.

Mr Timmermans said: ”If you do not agree with the law, you can organise yourselves to mutate the law or the constitution,” he said. “What is not permissible under the rule of law is to just cut the law.”

MEP Jill Evans, part of the European Free Alliance, spoke at the actuality, saying: “Many people in my country, Wales, support you and want to put on solidarity with the people of Catalonia.

“We stand with you. Yesterday, our Popular Assembly, our Parliament in Wales passed a resolution expressing that sodality from Wales. Catalonia will change Europe, even if Europe hold backs that change.”

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