“Freedom of expression is more beautiful with some [sapatilhas] Nike sidewalks ”, wrote the Portuguese Luís Figo in his official Twitter account as a caption to a video that shows a group of protesters removing products from a store of that brand of sports equipment on the famous Passeig de Gràcia, one of the main avenues in Barcelona and one of the most important commercial areas.
In the same publication, Figo continues to resort to irony when he writes “and then it’s the police’s fault”, considering the behavior of the demonstrators “shameful”.
Pablo Hasél, stage name of Pablo Rivadulla Duró, 32, was detained at the University of Lérida, where he himself had barricaded himself, in an act that he described to the Spanish press as a call for attention to an “enormous attack on freedom of expression” .
Following his arrest, protests in Spain multiplied. In Barcelona, where thousands took to the streets, the demonstrations, which began last Wednesday, were at first peaceful, but when Catalan protesters started throwing projectiles at armored vans, local police retaliated with tear gas and rubber bullets, and several people were arrested.
Meantime, the singer was supported by a manifesto signed by more than 200 Spanish artists, which includes filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, actor Javier Bardem or singer Joan Manuel Serrat: “The persecution of rappers, tweeteiros, journalists, as well as other representatives of culture and art, for seeking to exercise their right to freedom of expression, has become a constant. ”
The signatories also consider that “the Spanish State started to head the list of countries where more artists were the target of reprisals for the content of their songs”. And they accuse: “With the incarceration of Pablo Hasél, the Spanish State is assimilating itself to countries like Turkey or Morocco.”
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