Barcelona sees seventh straight night time of protests over jailed rapper


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Protesters in Barcelona clashed with police for a seventh consecutive night time on Monday over the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel.

After a peaceable gathering punctuated with cries of “Freedom for Pablo Hasel”, the demonstrators marched via the guts of Barcelona to the nationwide police headquarters, the place some threw bottles and different objects at autos defending the constructing, tv pictures confirmed.

The protesters then took to different streets, the place they set garbage bins alight.

“Teams of rioters are setting fireplace to the barricades… and throwing objects at neighbours who complain about their perspective,” the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia‘s police pressure, posted to Twitter on Monday.

Recognized for his hard-left views, Hasel was handed a nine-month sentence over tweets glorifying terrorism and movies inciting violence. The courtroom ruling mentioned freedom of expression couldn’t be used “as a ‘clean cheque’ to reward the perpetrators of terrorism”.

He was additionally fined about €30,000 for insults, libel and slander for tweets likening former king Juan Carlos I to a mafia boss and accusing police of torturing and killing demonstrators and migrants.

The rapper’s case has change into a trigger celebre amongst campaigners, who say that jailing him is a disproportionate response and a harmful assault on free speech.

The demonstrations have continued since final Tuesday, when police pressured their well past barricades on the Catalan college the place Hasel and his supporters had been holed as much as arrest him. Police say 109 demonstrators have been detained within the area over that point.

Monday’s protest, on a wet night time in Spain‘s second largest metropolis, attracted fewer folks and spurred much less violent clashes than the earlier nights’ gatherings.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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