Basques protest in support of Catalan independence as crisis in Spain grows: Thousands take to streets of Bilbao to condemn arrests and takeover amid fears of resurgence of ETA terror and rising support for separatism in other regions
'Thousands of Basque protesters took to the streets of Bilbao earlier today to support Catalonian independence.
Despite the rain, thousands of demonstrators waved Basque and Catalonian flags as Madrid judges have issued an European Arrest Warrant for the return of Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont.
Members of the Catalonian leadership face up to 30 years in prison for their attempt to breakaway from Spain, which has seen several former government ministers arrested and taken to Madrid.
Worryingly for Madrid, the Basque region, which has its own separatist movement, is also unhappy with its relationship with the rest of Spain.
Puigdemont wrote in Dutch on his Twitter account Saturday that he would 'cooperate' with Belgian authorities, although his lawyer has said the pro-independence politician would fight a forced return to Spain.
'We are prepared to fully cooperate with Belgian justice following the European arrest warrant issued by Spain,' Puigdemont wrote in Dutch on his Twitter account.'
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