For the third day in a row, riots began in several Spanish cities after the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hassel. People took to the streets because they wanted the rapper released.
Spanish media reports on unrest in Barcelona and Valencia. In Barcelona, stones were thrown and the barricade was erected. Small fires broke out in various places. Hundreds of people also took to the streets in several cities in the Basque Country, but the protests were peaceful.
Arrests and injuries
The riots began on Tuesday. Then, according to police, eighteen people were arrested after violent protests, mainly in Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia.
Yesterday the police fired rubber bullets to keep people away. In Madrid, 55 people were injured, including 35 policemen. Police arrested dozens of people.
Pablo Hassel was sentenced to nine months in prison in 2018 on charges of majesty and glorification of terrorism in his words and on Twitter. For example, the outgoing king described Juan Carlos as a mafia leader and likened the court to the Nazis.
Hassel had until Friday to attend his prison sentence, but he turned to Lleida University in an effort to avoid the sentence. After 24 hours, the police arrested him after all.
The case sparked a heated debate in Spain over freedom of speech in the country.
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