A man kneels on a skateboard in front of a burning barricade during a protest in support of Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel after he was sentenced to prison for glorifying terrorism and insulting kings in his songs on February 19 in Barcelona, Spain was. 2021.
Violent protests against rappers’ prison in Spanish cities continued on the fourth night as clashes between protesters and police continued. Pablo Hasel, the anti-establishment rapper, has been sentenced to nine months in prison and his prison has opened a heated debate on freedom of expression in the country. This has forced the government to announce that this would make the language less restrictive.
Protesters threw projectiles at the police and neighbors, who condemned them for the riot. Two banks and companies were attacked in Barcelona. Police accused protesters in the northern Catalan city of Girona
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez condemned the violence that has led to protests over the past three nights.
« Democracy protects freedom of expression, including expression of the most terrible, absurd Thoughts, but democracy never protects violence, « he said at an event, promising to » expand and improve freedom of expression « .
For the past three nights, police had to fire tear gas and foam balls at demonstrators, the dumpsters and Motorbikes set on fire and shops looted. There were also clashes in the capital Madrid and other cities.
According to official information, three people were arrested in Barcelona on Friday. A woman lost an eye in clashes in Barcelona and sparked calls from politicians to investigate police tactics.
The rights group Amnesty International called for legal changes in Spain, stating that anti-terror and gag laws protect people’s right to their Demonstrating disapproval in the streets, unfairly restricted.
« Spain is of course a country with freedom of expression, but that freedom is under threat, » Esteban Beltran, head of Amnesty in Spain, told Reuters.
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