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Exiled Catalan separatist leader Retains rally in France

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont dealt more tens of thousands of fans in Perpignan, a French town near the Spanish border.

It is the first time that the former president of this authority in Catalonia had ventured so near Spain because he fled to Brussels to escape prosecution.

Spain would like to place him on trial for sedition, since they’ve performed with nine other separatist leaders that are serving long prison conditions.

The regional prefecture stated that 100,000 people attended the events though organizers stated it was roughly 150,000.

Puigdemont played a part in organizing the unsuccessful 2017 autonomy referendum in Catalonia, which ignited Spain’s worst political crisis in years.

“We have to prepare for the last fight, beating mistakes, doubts, and flaws,” Puigdemont said in the occasion.

Until today, Puigdemont hadn’t risked traveling to France, which includes close judicial and police cooperation with Madrid. But that changed recently when he had been granted immunity for a member of the European parliament.