Carles Puigdemont denies giving up on Catalan cause after phone message leak

Fugitive Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has denied he is giving up, following the publication of text messages in which he reportedly said the Spanish government has won the battle in Catalonia.

In a tweet, Mr Puigdemont said he was human, and "there are times that I also doubt". But he added that he was president, "and I won't cower or step back".

He added: "We continue!"

Mr Puigdemont was apparently reacting to a Spanish television channel's publication of images showing private phone messages he allegedly sent a fellow fugitive MP, saying the battle is over and that he has been sacrificed by his allies.

On Tuesday, the Catalan parliament postponed indefinitely a session in which Mr Puigdemont was to due to be re-elected president of the region.

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