In Spain, the court confirmed the second verdict of the rapper Asel

MADRID, 18 Feb – RIA Novosti. A Spanish court upheld another verdict previously handed down to rapper Pablo Asel, whose arrest provoked protests and unrest in the country.

The Lleida Provincial Court upheld the March 2020 verdict for obstruction of justice and threats to two years and six months in prison. The court considered it proven that Asel had threatened a witness in a trial against employees of the City Guard, follows from the court decision, which is at the disposal of RIA Novosti. Asel filed an appeal, which was partially dismissed, and the sentence of two and a half years remained in force. Blazing barricades and smashed windows: riots in SpainВ Испании суд подтвердил второй приговор рэперу Аселю 1 of 15

Hassel's actions in Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and other Spanish cities quickly escalated into riots.

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Protesters tore out road signs, overturned dumpsters, bombarded the police with whatever came to hand, and beat shop windows.

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In some cities, radicals robbed shops, set fire to barricades and cars.

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The police used truncheons and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

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During the riots, more than 50 people were detained.

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Protesters in support of rapper Pablo Hasel in Madrid's Puerta del Sol.

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There are minors among those detained in Madrid.

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Dozens of people were injured in the riots.

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Of the 55 injured at the Madrid protest, 35 are police officers.

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A protester pounds a police van with a bat during clashes in Barcelona.

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The head of government of the Community of Madrid and the mayor of the Spanish capital blamed the unrest on Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias and demanded his resignation.

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The case of Pablo Hasel has been going on for several years. In 2015, the rapper received a two-year suspended sentence, and in 2018 he was given a new sentence.

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The court ruled that in 64 posts on Twitter and one composition on YouTube, Hasel made statements glorifying terrorism and defaming state institutions.

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The singer was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the proceedings dragged on for several years.

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The rapper was supposed to voluntarily arrive at the prison on February 12, but refused to do so and barricaded himself at the University of Lleida with a group of supporters.

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Hassel's actions in Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and other Spanish cities quickly escalated into riots.

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Protesters tore out road signs, overturned dumpsters, bombarded the police with whatever came to hand, and beat shop windows.

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In some cities, radicals robbed shops, set fire to barricades and cars.

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The police used truncheons and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

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During the riots, more than 50 people were detained.

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Protesters in support of rapper Pablo Hasel in Madrid's Puerta del Sol.

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There are minors among the detainees in Madrid.

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Dozens of people were injured in the riots.

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Of the 55 injured at the Madrid protest, 35 are police officers.

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A protester pounds a police van with a bat during clashes in Barcelona.

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The head of government of the Community of Madrid and the mayor of the Spanish capital blamed the unrest on Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias and demanded his resignation.

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The case of Pablo Hasel has been going on for several years. In 2015, the rapper received a two-year suspended sentence, and in 2018 he was given a new sentence.

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The court ruled that in 64 posts on Twitter and one composition on YouTube, Hasel made statements glorifying terrorism and defaming state institutions.

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The singer was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the proceedings dragged on for several years.

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The rapper was supposed to voluntarily arrive at the prison on February 12, but refused to do so and barricaded himself at the University of Lleida with a group of supporters.

The rapper has the opportunity to appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court.

In 2015, Asel was sentenced to two years of probation for glorifying left-wing terrorism, but in 2018 he was sentenced again. The court ruled that in 64 of his posts on Twitter and one composition on YouTube, statements glorifying terrorism and containing defamation of the monarchy and state institutions were allowed. He was supposed to voluntarily arrive at the prison last Friday, February 12, but refused to do so and on Monday barricaded himself at the University of Lleida, along with nearly 50 supporters. On February 16, he was arrested.

Asel's arrest led to protests and riots in Spain, including in Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Granada. Several dozen people were detained, dozens were injured.

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