Thousands of people gathered in Barcelona on Saturday, including family members and protesters at a rally at the city’s Peace University.
The 23-year-old political scientist Berta Galofré Pons told CNN that after passing through another square called Plaça Urquinaona, the police began beating demonstrators. Video footage of the protests in Barcelona on Saturday showed multiple scuffles between the demonstrators and the police.
Police officers said the group burned their motorcycles and erected roadblocks before the firefighters arrived at the scene.
Mossos arrested 34 people on Saturday, bringing this week’s total to nearly 100.
After Catalan riot police attacked Ledia University near Barcelona, Hassel himself was detained. The rapper and his supporters blocked themselves near Barcelona.
The arrested video tape shows the shouting of the provocative rapper: “You will never defeat us! You will never overcome us, we will resist until we win.”
After the Spanish Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s conviction of the rapper of the plaintiff Pablo Rivadulla Duro in March 2018 in May 2020, Hasel until 2 He handed himself over to the police on December 12.
According to a copy of the court’s judgment and a statement from the Press Office of the Supreme Court, the conviction was for supporting terrorism through its social media messages, as well as defamation and defamation of the Spanish monarchy. He was sentenced to nine months in prison.
The Spanish government announced last week that it would remove the imprisonment clause for crimes involving freedom of speech, but it is unclear when the change will be made.
“How can you put someone in jail for expressing your thoughts?” Gallofre said when asked why she was at the meeting on Saturday night.
Gallofre said: “I don’t agree with plunder. There are always people who use social movements to create chaos.” “Protests are peaceful until the police intervene.”
She added that in Garofre’s hometown of Sabadell, north of Barcelona, the demonstrations were passive and there was no incident.
A small demonstration was held in Madrid, the Spanish capital, where about 100 people chanted for Hassel’s freedom.
Five nights protest
A 16-year-old student, Joan Colet, protested in Plaçade Catalunya on Saturday night and saw people split from the main assembly group and started being robbed.
He told CNN: “A lot of people are taking advantage. They are not here to protest.” “They have different motives.”
Colette said the police beat some demonstrators with truncheons and fired foam balls at other demonstrators, adding that the protesters set up roadblocks for protection.
He said: “We are tired of people going to jail for writing something on social media.” “It’s about Pablo’s freedom, it’s also about Spain’s freedom and freedom of speech.”
He said at a press conference: “In a completely democratic country, Spanish democracy is a completely democratic country, and the use of violence is unacceptable. This rule is no exception.” “There is no reason, location or situation. It can be proved that the use of force is justified.”
When CNN contacted CNN, Mossos said that the person Cornellà tried to help him had a criminal record and pushed one of the agents when he intervened in the arrest.
Photojournalist Nagel García said a woman was injured after a bullet hit her eye on Tuesday.
“I was standing in front of the riot police team when they opened fire on Saturday,” he told CNN by phone.
Garcia said that the woman was hit by a rubber bullet and lost her eyes, which CNN could not independently confirm.
In response to CNN’s request for comment, Mossos said that his troops only use bubble balls to maintain public order. The incident is currently under investigation.
“The police’s behavior is cruel,” said Oriol Estival, a 22-year-old geography student at the University of Barcelona who participated in the protest.
Estival said that people have ransacked the shops of luxury fashion brands, but said that most of the participants were calm. Like Gallofre, he said that he was not only protesting against the arrest of Hassell, but also against police brutality and the “Rise of Catalan extreme right and fascism.”
CNN’s Duarte Mendonca, Al Goodman and Sarah Dean contributed to this report.