Financial Times reported that Puigdemont said he would return to Spain after Catalonia's regional election scheduled for December 21.
Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Wednesday said he and four of his ex-cabinet members plan to remain in Belgium "for the moment" after Spain dropped an worldwide warrant for his arrest on Tuesday.
"If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain", Carles and Rosses, a couple from Catalonia at the demonstration, told Efe news. Puigdemont said that the decision taken by the Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena to withdraw the European arrest warrants against him and four of his former advisers (regional ministers), settled in Belgium since November 30th, was due to his fear of making a fool of himself.
Puigdemont fled to Belgium after declaring his region independent from Spain in a referendum that saw voters in Catalonia vote overwhelmingly to secede from Madrid's control - although the ballot was not sanctioned by Madrid and less than half of the electorate turned out to vote.
The march started at the Cinquantenaire Arcade, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Belgium's independence, and was set to move around the European Quarter, a district in Brussels that holds many European Union institutions.
Their route is taking them past the headquarters of the European Commission and they will end up in a square between the European Council and European Parliament.
Puidgemont's former deputy Oriol Junqueras, another cabinet member and two independence activists have already been jailed in Spain.