The first meeting of the 'Junts per Catalunya' political platform took place in Barcelona on Monday, where the exiled former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont addressed the audience through a video broadcast. Puigedemont criticized the actions of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the Spanish governmen during his speech. «With police batons, with violence, with lies, with repression... Еще, with economic war, with tolerance of the far right wing, with the drowning of the Generalitat, with the suppression of democracy, that's the way you want to convince us?», he questioned. The Catalonia regional elections will take place on December 21. The Junts per Catalunya coalition is formed of Puigdemont’s Catalan European Democratic (PDeCAT) party and other independent candidates. Both the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) have rejected the prospect of a new Junts pel Sí coalition. Puigdemont faces arrest if he returns to Spain. He is currently awaiting extradition from Belgium after fleeing Spain amid a crackdown by Spanish authorities.