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Judge In Spain Issues International Arrest Warrant For Catalan President

Carles Puigdemont, the separatist leader of Catalonia, is in exile in Belgium after his government declared independence from Madrid.
A banner reading "Freedom to political prisoners" hangs from City Hall in Barcelona as a protester waves a Catalan pro-independence Estelada flag during a demonstration on Friday to protest the detention of Catalan officials. / JOSEP LAGO / Getty Images

A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant for the president of Catalonia, currently in exile in Belgium after his government declared independence from Madrid.

Catalonia, formerly a semi-autonomous

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