Protesters throw stones at police and neighbours over jailed Spanish rapper

Protesters throw stones at police and neighbours over jailed Spanish rapper
Protesters throw stones at police and neighbours over jailed Spanish rapper

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - A demonstrator throws an object during a protest in support of Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel, after he was given a jail sentence on charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs, in Barcelona February 19, 2021. ― Reuters pic

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BARCELONA, Feb 20 ― Police charged protesters who threw stones and bottles at officers and neigbours in Spanish cities yesterday in the fourth night of clashes after a rapper was jailed for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs.

The nine-month sentence of Pablo Hasel, known for his fiercely anti-establishment raps, has galvanised a debate over freedom of expression in Spain, prompting the government to announce it would make speech laws less restrictive and sparking protests that, at times, turned violent.

Protesters threw projectiles at police and at neighbours who condemned them for the disturbances. Two banks and businesses were attacked in Barcelona. Police charged protesters in the northern Catalan city of Girona.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez condemned the violence which has marked protests over the past three nights.

“Democracy protects freedom of speech, including the expression of the most awful, absurd thoughts, but democracy never ever protects violence,” he told an event, promising to “widen and improve freedom of speech.”

During the last three nights police fired tear gas and foam bullets at demonstrators who set fire to trash containers and motorcycles and looted stores. There were also clashes in the capital Madrid and other cities.

Officials said three people were arrested in Barcelona yesterday. Around 60 people have been arrested across Catalonia, where Barcelona earlier this week. One woman lost an eye during clashes in Barcelona, triggering calls from politicians to investigate police tactics.

Rights group Amnesty International called for legal changes in Spain, saying that anti-terrorism and gagging laws also unfairly limited people's right to demonstrate their disapproval in the streets.

“Spain is a country with freedom of expression, of course, but there are threats to that freedom,” Amnesty head for Spain, Esteban Beltran, told Reuters. ― Reuters

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