For the seventh consecutive night, a demonstration in Barcelona in favor of the arrested rapper Pablo Hasel degenerated on Monday into clashes with the police, with acts of vandalism and the burning of street furniture, notes AFP.
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After a peaceful rally chanting “Freedom for Pablo Hasel”, protesters marched through central Barcelona to the national police headquarters, where some threw bottles and other objects at vehicles protecting the building, according to images broadcast on television, Agerpres reported.
In one week, 109 protesters were arrested in this region of northeastern Spain, according to Catalan police.
Pablo Hasel, 32, was sentenced to 9 months in prison for apologizing for terrorism because in a Twitter message he called former King Juan Carlos a ‘mobster’, praising people involved in the attacks and he accused police of torturing and killing migrants and protesters.
His arrest rekindled the debate over freedom of expression in Spain and deepened differences within the ruling coalition between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists and the Podemos (radical left) party, which supports the demonstrations.
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