Altercations and clashes with the police took place on Wednesday, February 17, during new demonstrations in Spain to denounce the controversial detention of Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel.
In Madrid, hundreds of people gathered in the Puerta del Sol, heavily guarded by security forces, behind banners that proclaimed “Enough censorship” and claimed the ” Freedom ” for the musician. A few demonstrators with their faces covered threw bottles at riot police, who charged.
In Barcelona, where clashes had already taken place the day before, projectiles were thrown at the police and barricades erected with garbage dumpsters set on fire. Fifteen people had been arrested and around thirty injured during the demonstrations on Tuesday evening in Catalonia.
Symbol of freedom of speech
Rapper Pablo Hasel has become a symbol of free speech in Spain, after his sentence to nine months in prison for “Insults to the Crown and to state institutions” and “Apology for terrorism”. At issue: the content of 64 tweets published between 2014 and 2016 and a song about former King Juan Carlos.
He was barricaded on Monday in the University of Lérida (Catalonia) in the company of a group of sympathizers, but the police intervened Tuesday morning and took him directly into detention.