Rapper’s arrest sparks protests in Catalonia
Hessel and his supporters barricaded themselves inside the University of Lélédia, the northeastern provincial capital of Léléda, near Barcelona, as the deadline for handing over ended after they were convicted on Monday in a free speech case.
On Tuesday, the Catalan riot police stormed the university and arrested Hasel. The video from the arrest shows a histel yelling: “You’ll never beat us! You’ll never beat us, we’ll protest until we’re victorious.”
Hassel submitted himself to the police, whose full name is Pablo Rivadulla Duro, after Spain’s Supreme Court in May 2020 upheld a lower court sentence against the rapper in March 2018.
The sentence was meant to support terrorism, and for libel and slander against the Spanish monarchy, through its social media messages, according to a copy of the court’s sentence and a statement from the press office of the Supreme Court. He was sentenced to nine months in prison.
The 70-page sentence of the Supreme Court stated that the rapper had published tweets from 2014 to 2016, defaming various institutions, with phrases dedicated to glorifying some people convicted of terrorism.
The sentence, seen by CNN, stated that the rapper’s “Twitter profile was at the time of publishing tweets to more than 54,000 followers” and that 1,915 tweets were found by officials showing words such as GRAPO, Monarchy, King, ETA, Terrorism, Bomb Give. Police and Civil Guard. “
GRAPO is the banned Marxist paramilitary group, The October First Anti-Fascist Resistance Group. The ETA was an armed Basque group, listed as a terrorist group by Spain and the European Union, that killed more than 800 people in their long, unsuccessful fight for Basque independence.
On Monday, Hasel tweeted: “I have been here without exile to go into exile, to spread the message, to contribute to the organization and above all. They have imprisoned me with their heads, their Not to yield to terror. My grain of sand contributes to what I mentioned. We can do all this. “
Amid protests on Tuesday night, Mossos (Catalonia’s police force) said on Twitter, “In Girona, a group of people with a violent attitude lit several containers and threw stones and fireworks at police in the area of the subdivision. “Mossos also said that a group of people had burnt down a bank in Girona and removed several traffic signs.
On Friday, Hasel said in a statement, “20:00 will be the deadline to voluntarily enter the ends of the prison. It would be an insulting insult for me to go on my own foot before such an unjust punishment, So they have to come to kidnap me. “
He said: “When they put me in jail more crowds are called.”
“If you answer in a forceful way, they will think twice before blaming others that we blame those policies and it is possible to get me out. If we don’t push the state back in the oppressive plane and others , Then we got lost. So much more and this, it’s time to say enough and take to the streets, “the statement continued.
Amnesty International in Spain tweeted on Tuesday, “Pablo Hasel is going to prison. They are FAFAR. We will not stop until the Criminal Code of Crimes limits artistic expression. Such cases are not repeated. Can go. “
The Supreme Court referred to Hassel’s sentence in the press note, stating that “free speech has its own limitations” and is “conditioned by other rights and constitutional demands.”