For the Sixth Night in A Row Riots and Arrests in Spain for Rapper
For the sixth consecutive evening, there were protests in Barcelona following the arrest of Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél. The protest on Sunday evening was smaller, and there were fewer riots than on the previous nights.
Spanish media estimated that about 1,000 people took part, compared to at least 6,000 a day earlier. Smaller demonstrations have been reported in Girona and Bilbao. The police were occasionally pelted with bottles, garbage cans and firecrackers. Some shop windows also fell.
Police arrested five people who looted a clothing store, El Periodico newspaper reported. Since the protests began, 106 people have been arrested in Barcelona, including 32 minors.
In Sunday’s protests, some of the predominantly young protesters in Barcelona carried signs saying, “You have taught us that being peaceful is meaningless”.
Hundreds of people have been taking to the streets across Spain since Tuesday to demonstrate for Hasél’s release. The rapper was arrested Tuesday after he was sentenced to nine months in prison in 2018 for lese majesty and glorification of violence and terrorism in his lyrics.
Hasél refused to go to prison and had taken refuge in the university of his hometown Lleida. Many protesters call his arrest a restriction on freedom of expression in Spain.