In Brussels facing extradition to Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition, the ousted Catalonian president sees a disconnect between the people and "European elites."
Spain takes control of Catalonia, dismissing its separatist government a day after lawmakers passed a declaration of independence for the region.
Catalonia's Parliament voted for independence Friday morning, prompting widespread celebration in the region and immediate rebuke from the Spanish government.
Catalans pour into Barcelona streets after the Spanish prime minister announces he will move to take control of their region.
The government may activate Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which allows it to take over powers of the country's 17 autonomous regions.
Rallies in Madrid and Barcelona are aimed at pushing lawmakers in both cities to end months of silence.
For the Spanish region, the struggle for independence is far from over, but many see the vote as an important step in the face of violent opposition.
Truthdig correspondent Donald Kaufman films a rally in Barcelona on Monday as Spain grapples with the results of Sunday's independence referendum.
The Catalan Parliament has called for a referendum Oct. 1 that would end Spanish control over Catalonia.
In the wake of the latest election, Pedro Sanchez, leader of the Socialists, announced that his party would not support acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, leader of the right-wing People’s Party, to continue in office.