Barcelona, Spain (Associated Press)-This week, the rap artist was jailed for his music and tweets praising terrorist violence and insulting the Spanish monarchy. This week, there was a wave of powder fan anger in the southern European country. .
The reason for the arrest of Pablo Hasél is unknown, and thousands of people live on the streets.
Under the banner of freedom of expression, many Spaniards strongly oppose the detention of an artist for his lyrics and social media comments. They shouted, demanding that Spain’s left-wing government fulfill its promises and revoke the “Public Security Law”
Hassel’s imprisonment The young Spanish man who was sentenced to nine months in prison on Tuesday also felt frustrated among young people with the highest unemployment rate in the EU. 4 out of 10 qualified workers under 25 are not working.
“I think we are currently experiencing a brutal attack on freedom of speech in the case of Pablo Hazell (…) and other rappers who are currently politically detained by the regime,” the 26-year-old student Pablo · Castilla said in a speech. Protest in Barcelona. “The protest was brutally suppressed by the progressive National Government and the Catalan government.
“They are attacking our young people because we are showing anger.”
For many people, including older peaceful protesters, Hasel’s case also represents what they believe is a violent response from a country whose structure requires profound reforms. Even in some of his public remarks, especially in the messages posted on Twitter, Hassell expressed radical ideas, talking about attacking politicians and defending the now-defunct Grapo and ETA, the two armed groups killed in Spain More than 1,000 people.
Hasél’s lyrics touched King Felipe VI and his father Honorary King Juan Carlos I, and are related to the growing public debate on the future of the Spanish parliamentary monarchy. In the past ten years, it has not been questioned by the fringe circles of the left, and the royal family has been plagued by Juan Carlos’s own financial scandals.When the current monarch left Spain for the UAE, many Spaniards were shocked, and the court investigated his suspected financial misconduct.
In addition to shouting in support of Hasél, the crowd gathered in Madrid on Saturday also chanted “Where is the change? Where is the progress?” and “The virgin and the thief Juan Carlos de Beaubon”.
This debate led to tensions within the Spanish left-wing coalition government. Since the end of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco in the 1970s, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his Socialist Party have supported the Spanish monarchy, while their minor partners, the upstart United We Can party) hope to get rid of the monarchy and support the constitutional monarchy this week. Despite the drastic turning point, Hassel protested.
In the Catalonia region of the rapper’s hometown, the unrest also occurred after years of separatist politicians urged citizens to ignore or violate court rulings that were not conducive to their careers.Although this week’s protests did not cause widespread calls for Catalan independence or support for the division of the industrial zone, the head of public safety at Barcelona City Hall stated that many of the most violent criminals were also heavily involved in the 2019 riots. Subsequently, several separatist leaders were imprisoned.
Albert Batlle, a member of the Barcelona City Council, told Cadena SER Radio: “We are already familiar with this variable violence because it is very similar to the people who played an important role in the October 2019 incident. So we know this type.”.
Some leading pro-separatist politicians severely criticized the handling of protests by the Catalan police and arrested more than 35 protesters on Saturday night alone.
Initially, peaceful and even angry protests by thousands of people in Barcelona and other nearby towns turned into ugly incidents, and nightfall was caused by the violence of ethnic minorities destroying property and fighting the police.
Joana Junca, 19, said: “I think we have to distinguish between those who support Pablo Hasél’s freedom and those who do not support Pablo Hasél. Free man. “The roadblocks to defend yourself are okay. But those who went there just for the riot did not have my support. ”
The Mossos d’Esquadra police said on Monday that 61 of the 75 people arrested in the Catalan capital since the protests broke out on February 16 were under the age of 25, including 24. minor. Three-quarters of the people have Spanish nationality, of which 26 have previously clashed with the authorities due to theft or theft of public order.
The Minister of the Interior of Catalonia, Miquel Sàmper, told TV3 broadcasters in the region on Sunday that some of the troublemakers would ransack in time. This is a “protest against freedom of speech” that has evolved into “pure vandalism.” .”
The police pointed out that a group of lads rushed to sporting goods stores and other stores, while law enforcement officers were burned by conflicts and clearing roadblocks. These trash cans and metal fences were all over the street. The police described what they called “predation” as “some people who took advantage of illness and the cover provided by a large number of people”.
There are also some people, mostly young thugs, who seem to be anarchists, anti-police enthusiasts and trying to disrupt public order in any way possible. They work in fast-moving packages, smashing shop windows and destroying bank offices. They seized the time to stop running and threw stones and other objects in a coordinated manner. After the police emptied the riot van to disperse truncheons and foam bullets to disperse them, the pursuit continued.
On Tuesday night, when a mob attacked a police station in Vik, Catalonia, 11 policemen were injured.
The spokesperson of the SAP-Fepol Catalan Police Federation Imma Viudes (Imma Viudes) told Spanish National Radio: “The attack on Vic Station was a turning point.” “We have no way to control this large scale. Scale violence. (…) Someone will have to put down their fists.”
On Sunday, a group of young people dressed in black marched under banners on the way to the Barcelona police station throwing bottles and firecrackers. They provocatively planted them in front of the police car.
It said: “You have told us that peace is useless.”
Associated Press reporters Aritz Parra of Madrid and Renata Brito of Barcelona contributed to this report.