Former President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont says he is not seeking asylum in Belgium after Spain's state prosecutor recommended charges for rebellion and sedition. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont said on Tuesday (October 31) he was not seeking asylum in Belgium after Spain's state prosecutor recommended charges for rebellion and sedition be brought against him. He would return to Catalonia when given "guarantees" by the Spanish government, he said. Puigdemont's announcement that he would accept the regional election on December 21 confirmed that the Madrid government had gained the upper hand in the protracted struggle over Catalonia. Resistance to Madrid's imposition of direct control on Catalonia failed to materialize at the start of the week and the secessionist leadership is in disarray. Spain's Constitutional Court on Tuesday blocked the unilateral declaration of independence made by the regional parliament on Friday (October 27), a move that gained no traction and led to its dismissal less than an hour after it was made.