Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Protests in support of Pablo Asel continue in Spain – latest news / NV


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Protests in Spain continue for a fifth day (Photo: REUTERS / Nacho Doce)

DW reports that numerous stores in Barcelona were looted during the riots, including a number of well-known brands – Nike, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Diesel.

Self-made barricades were also set on fire.

Several thousand people moved to the police headquarters, after which clashes broke out. Bottles, cans and firecrackers flew at the police.

In addition, damage has been done to a number of historic buildings, including the Barcelona Stock Exchange and the UNESCO-listed Palace of Catalan Music.

During the protests, 38 people were detained.

About 400 people took to the streets in Madrid. Several hundred people took part in the actions in Malaga, Cordoba and Seville. Fewer protests took place in Santander and Logroño.

Pablo Asel was detained on February 16 because he did not proceed to serve a nine-month prison sentence for insulting the Spanish royal family and state institutions. Two days later, he was sentenced to 2.5 years for threatening a witness in another case.

In lyrics and Twitter posts, rapper Pablo Asel attacked the monarchy and accused police of torturing and killing protesters and migrants. The Supreme Court concluded that Asel’s tweets «denigrated various institutions “and” glorified some people convicted of terrorism. “



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