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BARCELONA, Spain – The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):
A Belgian government official says it would be "not unrealistic" for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to ask for asylum and warns it would create serious diplomatic difficulties with fellow European Union member state Spain.
Asylum State Secretary Theo Francken tweeted early Sunday that "it is possible to ask for asylum as an EU subject" in Belgium. Francken stressed that Belgium wasn't seeking such a scenario, saying "I'm not rolling out the welcome mat."
Francken added that if such a request would come in, "we'd enter a difficult diplomatic situation with the Spanish authorities. That is evident."
There has been no indication that Puigdemont has requested asylum after Spain took control of Catalonia's government and dismissed its leaders, including Puigdemont, after regional lawmakers voted to declare independence from Spain.
Catalonia's main city Barcelona is bracing for a new day of protests over an independence declaration that led to the regional government's dismissal by Spain.
Societat Civil Catalan has called for those who oppose Catalan independence to march at noon Sunday (1100 GMT; 7 a.m. EDT).
Organizers say the march's goal is to defend Spain's unity and reject "an unprecedented attack in the history of democracy." Their slogan will be "We are all Catalonia. Common sense for coexistence!" Members of the central government and main pro-union parties are expected to join.
Three weeks ago, the same group organized a mass rally that brought hundreds of thousands onto Barcelona's streets.
No pro-independence marches were expected Sunday. Catalonia's ousted leader has called for Catalans to engage in peaceful opposition.