For the seventh evening in a row, riots broke out in Barcelona. An initially peaceful march turned into riots.
In Barcelona, demonstrators called for the release of the rapper Pablo Hasél for the seventh evening in a row. There were riots again on Monday in the Catalan metropolis. As on the previous evening, there were hardly any violent riots, reported the newspapers “La Vanguardia” and “El Periodico”. Only in front of the police headquarters, after an initially peaceful march, at the headquarters of the national police, demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at the officers and vehicles protecting the building, as TV images showed. Then rioters set dumpsters on fire.
However, participation in the demonstration was lower than on the previous evenings. (More about this HERE >>) The riots were also less violent. According to police, a total of 109 demonstrators have been arrested in the region of Catalonia since last Tuesday.
Arrested for insult
Hasél was arrested on Tuesday for failing to serve a nine-month prison term for insulting the Spanish royal family and state institutions. On Thursday, the 32-year-old was sentenced to another two and a half years in prison for allegedly threatening a witness in a trial against two police officers. (More about this HERE >>)
Since Tuesday last week there have been protests against the imprisonment of the rapper every evening in Spain. They started in his native Catalonia, but also expanded to the capital Madrid.
The demos are not just about freedom of expression. Many of the young Spaniards also vent their dissatisfaction with the high unemployment rate and the economic consequences of the Corona crisis. Hazel’s song lyrics and tweets are marked by a deep hatred of the police, politics and the monarchy.
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