Barcelona – Protests in Barcelona in support of rapper Pablo Asel, arrested for insulting the monarchy and glorifying terrorism, have often escalated into violent clashes.
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As in previous days, the week began with a peaceful protest in Barcelona, where artists painted a mural criticizing the Spanish King Felipe VI and his father, former King Juan Carlos I, to show solidarity with Asel, reports AP.
But as night fell, tensions increased as protesters, mostly dressed in dark clothes, marched downtown to the National Police headquarters. After half an hour of pelting with stones, flame, waste and firecrackers, the Catalan police became active and began to break up the protest.
Shops in the city center were again targeted by vandals who smashed shop windows.
More than 100 people, including seven today, have been arrested for violent clashes with police since Asel was arrested on Tuesday and sent to serve a nine-month prison sentence for his tweets and texts insulting the Spanish monarch and praising terrorist violence.
Catalan police said that over 35 arrests were made in Barcelona and other nearby cities on Saturday, after which the rioters smashed the shop windows and fought with the police.
Other protests across the pania, including the capital Madrid, were largely peaceful.
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