MADRID, 20 Feb – RIA Novosti. Four people were detained in Spain during the fourth day of riots following the arrest of rapper Pablo Asel on Tuesday.
According to Catalan law enforcement agencies Mossos de Escuadra on Twitter, two people were detained in Barcelona, two in Girona. It was in these two cities that the most serious pogroms and clashes with the police took place. Young radicals overturned garbage containers, built barricades, set them on fire, smashed bank windows, robbed shops, pelted the police and law enforcement vehicles with stones, pyrotechnics and everything that came to hand. The police used batons.
In Barcelona, riots took place, including in Plaza Catalunya and the streets adjacent to it. On the Rambla, the radicals built barricades from the chairs of street cafes and restaurants. They also bombarded the city guard commissariat.
In addition, riots occurred in Villafranca del Penedes, and – albeit on a smaller scale – in Tarragona.
At the moment, it is known about six victims, one was taken to hospital, according to the ambulance service of the Generalitet.
“Defending free speech does not in any way mean looting property, intimidating local residents, damaging retail outlets that are suffering from the crisis, or attacking the media,” Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau wrote on Twitter.
Protests on Friday evening were held in other Spanish cities, including Valladolid and Valencia, but they ended peacefully.
New actions are scheduled for the weekend, on Saturday a rally in support of the rapper is to be held in Madrid, the previous one on Wednesday ended in riots and clashes with the police.
Protests in Spanish cities began on Tuesday after the arrest of rapper Pablo Asel, who was sentenced to 9 months in prison for insulting the monarchy and praising banned terrorist organizations on songs and social media. In many cities, actions escalate into riots and clashes with the police. Dozens of people were detained, more than a hundred were injured, including representatives of the security forces. Young people adhering to ultra-left views and anarchists participate in the actions.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday that it is necessary to strengthen the protection of freedom of speech in Spain, however, he said, the use of violence is unacceptable under any circumstances.