Spanish rapper convicted over tweets arrested after ignoring prison deadline

By Alfonso L. Congostrina
16 Feb 2021

Catalan police on Tuesday arrested a rapper for failing to report to prison by the deadline set by a court that found him guilty of glorifying terrorism and insulting the Spanish Crown in messages on social media.
Pablo Rivadulla Duro, known by his artistic name Pablo Hasél, had been given until 8pm on Friday to report to Ponent penitentiary in Lleida, but he instead holed up inside the campus of Lleida University together with dozens of supporters who erected makeshift barricades with chairs and desks.
Hasél did not resist arrest, and as he was being led to a patrol car, he yelled out at the television cameras: “They will never silence us! Death to the fascist state!”
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Communist Party of Spain call for people to raise their voices for rapper jailed over anti-royal lyrics

THE Communist Party of Spain called for international solidarity yesterday after rapper Pablo Hasel was imprisoned for lyrics insulting the country’s royal family.
Mr Hasel was sentenced to nine months in jail for glorifying terrorism and slandering the crown and state institutions in tweets and lyrics that attacked the monarchy and police, who he accused of torturing and killing demonstrators and migrants.
Police raided the University of Lleida, where he had barricaded himself in with supporters. He was taken away to nearby Ponent prison, shouting: “They will never silence us — death to the fascist state.”
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Pablo Hasel: Clashes at ongoing Spanish protests in support of arrested rap artist

Feb.18, 2021

Protesters in Madrid and Barcelona clashed with police for the second night in a row on Wednesday amid rallies in support of rap artist Pablo Hasel.
Hasel was arrested after barricading himself at a university with dozens of supporters to avoid prison and has portrayed his case as a fight for free speech.
A 24-hour standoff between police and Hasel ended early on Tuesday when anti-riot officers arrested him in northeastern Lleida University.
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