The riots of the demonstrating youth began late in the evening in several areas of the Catalan capital. Although initially the rallies were of a peaceful nature, and the protesters only chanted slogans regarding the release of Hasel, after several minutes some protesters began erecting barricades from rubbish bins and knocking over barriers set up by the police.
The most aggressive part of the protesters attacked officers in the city center on Via Laietana with stones and bottles.
According to police, Sunday’s protest in Barcelona drew the largest number of participants since the outbreak of the riots caused by supporters of the Catalan rapper.
Since Tuesday, when the police forcefully imprisoned Pablo Hasel in Spanish cities, demonstrations have been going on, as well as riots, accompanied by the destruction of public property, shops and banks.
According to the police, the main groups of young vandals are anarchists and activists from extreme separatist organizations demanding the immediate declaration of Catalonia’s independence. Security experts say the rapper’s release demands are just an excuse to start the riots.
Hasel was sentenced in 2018 to 9 months in prison for insulting, during concerts and on the Internet, the king of Spain, the judiciary of this country, as well as glorifying the Basque terrorist organization ETA. On Monday, he barricaded himself at the University of Lerida, but was forced to a prison the next day.
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