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As Spain seized control of Catalonia’s government, the independence movement was left leaderless and struggling for a way forward, with grass-roots supporters enraged by the betrayal of their cause.

Carles Puigdemont, ousted by the government in Madrid after the region declared independence, abandoned Catalonia for Belgium without warning his party’s senior members, according to a party official. He left them no instructions on the way ahead, and they met Monday without him.

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