Riots resumed in Spain due to the arrest of the rapper

MADRID, 19 Feb – RIA Novosti. In Spanish cities, rallies in support of rapper Pablo Asel, who was arrested for praising banned terrorist organizations, escalated into riots again.

So, the 24 Horas TV channel broadcasts footage from Barcelona with overturned dumpsters, from which the radicals built barricades and set them on fire. Firefighters are trying to put out the fire. Protesters throw stones at security officials. The Catalan police force Mossos de Escuadra uses social media to urge residents to stay away from the danger zone.

Hooligans hit shop windows, they entered a branch of one of the banks. According to Catalan law enforcement agencies, two banks were affected. It is also reported that the radicals began throwing stones at the local residents who took to the balconies to call them to order.

In Girona, clashes broke out with police when they blocked the path of a group of protesters. There, young people throw stones and bottles at the police.

In Tarragona, about 200 protesters took part in the procession, chanting slogans in support of the rapper and blocking the roadway with garbage containers, Pais reported.

In Villafranca del Penedes, Barcelona province, population 40,000, protesters tore down fences in front of a police station and pelted a police car with paint and stones, Mossos de Escuadra reported on Twitter. Blazing barricades and broken shop windows: riots in SpainВ Испании возобновились беспорядки из-за ареста рэпера 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 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.

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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 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 containing libel against 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.

Protests in Spanish cities began on Tuesday after Pablo Asel was arrested. He was sentenced to nine 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 police officers.

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.

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