More than 80 policemen have been injured since February 16 in riots in Catalonia that broke out after the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel, who was convicted of insulting the authorities of the Spanish state and praising terrorism, the authorities said.
Some policemen seriously injured
Some of the injured officers are in hospitals because of serious injuries sustained in the confrontation with aggressive demonstrators, who during the protests threw at the police, among others stones and metal elements of benches and traffic lights.
Most policemen were injured during the riots in Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona. In these cities, demonstrators not only attacked the officers, but also destroyed the facades of banks and shops. Some commercial facilities have been looted.
Protests against imprisonment Pablo Hasela are also organized every day in several other Spanish cities, incl. in Madrid, Málaga and Pamplona. However, they have a calmer course than the Catalan demonstrations.
Although the riots subsided on Sunday night, some Hasel supporters attacked police officers and shop windows in the center of Barcelona. Six people were arrested.
1/3 of the detained are minors
According to reports from the Catalan police, of the 108 people who have been arrested in riots in this region of Spain, more than 30 percent. are minors and the rest are mostly young people. Police say most of them are anarchists and separatists.
Meanwhile, on Monday, representatives of several police unions expressed their disapproval of the attitude of most political groups, accusing them of passivity and lack of support for law enforcement officers “defending public order”.
Pablo Hasel was convicted in 2018 for insulting, during concerts and on the Internet, the king of Spain, the judiciary of this country, as well as glorifying a Basque terrorist organization AND. On February 16, the rapper was forcibly brought to the prison in Lerida. The day before, he barricaded himself at the local university with a group of his supporters.
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