Acts of theft and looting of shops took place during the night from Saturday to Sunday during the violent demonstrations organized, for the fifth consecutive night, in support of the imprisoned rapper Pablo Hasél, announced the regional police of Catalonia (Mossos d ‘ Esquadra).
These acts, which resulted in the arrest of 38 people, caused damage to emblematic buildings in Barcelona, said the same source.
Serious incidents took place, including throwing stones and blunt objects at the police, noted a press release from Mossos d’Esquadra, specifying that “troublemakers took advantage of situations of tension to commit crimes. acts of looting in many shops in the city center ”.
Protesters erected barricades with flaming dumpsters and damaged the facade of the Barcelona Stock Exchange headquarters as well as that of the Palace of Music, an early 20th-century modernist building listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In total, since the start of the protests on Tuesday, 102 people have been arrested throughout Catalonia, and 82 elements of the police have been injured, according to the authorities.
Sentenced to 9 months in prison for posting tweets criticizing the monarchy and the police, the 32-year-old rapper, whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla Duró, had until Friday, February 12 to voluntarily surrender to his place of detention to serve his sentence.
However, he rejected the verdict of the Spanish courts and took refuge in the University of Lleida, Catalonia, on Monday, in an attempt to prevent his arrest, before the Catalan regional police carried out his arrest on Tuesday. morning.
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