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Catalan leader calls for unity against Spain 'repression'

Catalonia's ousted leader has called for all of the region's pro-independence parties to unite against Spain's 'brutal repression' as a poll shows they would hold a majority if they joined forces.

Carles Puigdemont, who went into went into exile in Belgium last month, urged political groups to stand together against Madrid's actions or see the Spanish state 'win this fight'.

The 54-year-old has just hours remaining to agree terms for an electoral pact with other pro-independence parties. Polls suggest secessionist parties would win enough votes combined to hold a slim majority in the Catalan parliament.

Meanwhile, around 200 Catalan mayors who are in favour of independence travelled to Brussels today to back Puigdemont and defend the Catalan cause in the European capital. They were due to hold a rally at 5pm.

Catalonia's ousted leader, Carles Puigdemont (pictured durig a radio inerview today), has called for all of the region's pro-independence parties to unite against Spain's 'brutal repression' as a poll shows they would hold a majority if they joined forces

Catalonia's ousted leader, Carles Puigdemont (pictured durig a radio inerview today), has called for all of the region's pro-independence parties to unite against Spain's 'brutal repression' as a poll shows they would hold a majority if they joined forces

Carles Puigdemont, who went into went into exile in Belgium last month, urged political groups to stand together against Madrid's actions or see the Spanish state 'win this fight'. Puigdemont and former regional Catalan ministers took part in an interview with Monica Terriba (right) for the radio programme 'El Mati' in Brussels today

Carles Puigdemont, who went into went into exile in Belgium last month, urged political groups to stand together against Madrid's actions or see the Spanish state 'win this fight'. Puigdemont and former regional Catalan ministers took part in an interview with Monica Terriba (right) for the radio programme 'El Mati' in Brussels today

Puigdemont and other secessionist leaders face charges of rebellion, sedition, misuse of public funds, disobedience and breach of public trust for organising an illegal independence referendum on October 1 and later proclaiming a Catalan republic, something that goes against Spain's constitution. 

In an interview with Catalunya Radio on Tuesday, Puigdemont said all parties standing in the region should unite against Madrid's actions.

He also

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