Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sixth riot night in a row after rapper imprisonment in Spain


Zum sechsten Mal in Folge kam es Sonntagnacht zu Demos und kleineren Ausschreitungen in Spanien.

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Barcelona / Madrid – Again in Barcelona protests against the imprisonment of the rapper Pablo Hasél, who was convicted of glorifying violence and insulting the monarchy, led to violence between demonstrators and the police. Some of the mostly very young demonstrators in Barcelona carried a banner on Sunday evening that read: “You have taught us that peacefulness is pointless”. However, the demonstration was smaller than in the five nights before.

There were also far fewer riots. According to the Spanish media, around 1000 people took part. On Saturday there were still at least 6,000 participants. Smaller rallies have also been reported from Girona and Bilbao in the Basque Country.

Nevertheless, the police were occasionally pelted with bottles, rubbish bins and firecrackers, and some shop windows broke, as can be seen on TV pictures. The police have arrested five people who ransacked a fashion store, the newspaper reported The newspaper. 106 people, including 32 minors, have been arrested in Barcelona since the protests began. 82 police officers and numerous demonstrators were injured, according to the newspaper The vanguard wrote. A woman lost an eye on Tuesday when she was hit by a police rubber bullet.

The arrest of Hasél, who showed deep hatred of the police and politics in some of his texts and in tweets, also sparked tensions in the left-wing coalition government in Madrid. The socialists accused their smaller coalition partner Unidas Podemos of insufficiently condemning the violence. The government is fundamentally willing to change the law so that there are no more prison sentences for cases like Hasél. However, proceedings are pending against the 32-year-old for threatening a witness and assaulting a journalist. (WHAT / dpa)

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