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Violence broke out between protesters and the police in Barcelona, during a seventh night of mobilization against the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasél, sentenced to nine months in prison for apologizing for terrorism.
A seventh night of violence in Barcelona. A new demonstration in favor of the imprisoned rapper Pablo Hasél degenerated, on the night of Monday, February 22, with acts of vandalism and the burning of street furniture.
After a peaceful rally with cries of “Freedom for Pablo Hasél”, the demonstrators marched through central Barcelona to the headquarters of the national police, where some threw bottles and other objects at the vehicles protecting it, according to television images.
Protesters then moved to other streets in Spain’s second largest city where they set dumpsters on fire.
“Groups of rioters set fire to barricades […] and throw objects at neighbors who complain about their attitude, “wrote on Twitter the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra.
109 protesters arrested in one week
The demonstration on Monday evening, on a rainy night, however, drew fewer people and the clashes were less violent than those of previous nights.
Since Tuesday, 109 demonstrators have been arrested in this region of northeastern Spain, according to Catalan police.
Pablo Hasél, 32, was sentenced to nine months in prison for apologizing for terrorism, for dealing with King Juan Carlos I in a tweeter of “mafioso”, praised people involved in attacks and accused the police of having killed and tortured migrants and demonstrators.
His arrest revived the debate on freedom of expression in Spain and reinforced the differences within the government coalition between the Socialists of President Pedro Sanchez and the Podemos party (radical left) which supports the demonstrations.