Spanish police clashed on Wednesday night with protesters in Madrid and Barcelona, as fresh demonstrations broke out over the jailing of a rapper for tweets insulting cops and the monarchy.
Numerous demonstrators gathered under a heavy cops existence at Madrid’s main Puerta del Sol square, calling for 32-year-old rap artist Pablo Hasel to be released and wielding banners checking out “sufficient censorship”.
Masked protesters tossed bottles at police, who charged at them in clashes that lasted for several hours, AFP journalists reported.
Madrid’s conservative mayor condemned the violence, tweeting: “The violent and those who do decline the guidelines have no location in our society.”
In Barcelona there were likewise run-ins between police and protesters following heavy clashes on Tuesday night, with demonstrators lobbing items at officers and setting barriers made with dustbins ablaze.
Police responded with foam bullets.
Around six individuals had been apprehended, Catalan police stated, following a minimum of 15 arrests a night previously list below violent demonstrations in Barcelona and other cities in the northern Catalonia area.
Violent protests have broken out over Pablo Hasel’s arrest for the 2nd night running in Barcelona AFP/ Josep LAGO
Tuesday night’s unrest left more than 30 people injured, including 19 police officers, according to regional authorities.
Earlier on Tuesday, authorities had actually stormed a university campus in the Catalan city of Lerida to jail Hasel, who had barricaded himself inside to prevent jail.
Hasel missed out on a deadline last Friday to give himself approximately cops and start serving a nine-month prison term handed down in 2018.
At concern was a series of tweets calling previous king Juan Carlos I a mafia employer and implicating authorities of torturing and eliminating demonstrators and migrants.
Hasel is known for his hard-left views, but his case has actually become a cause celebre among campaigners who state that prosecuting him is a harmful assault on totally free speech.
His sentence caused outrage in Spain, with stars consisting of the film-maker Pedro Almodovar and the Hollywood star Javier Bardem expressing assistance for his cause.
The Socialist-led government has actually revealed it is looking for to make totally free speech laws less limiting, with Podemos, the junior partner in the union, stating Tuesday that it would ask for a pardon for the rapper.