Thousand of protest on the streets in Barcelona on the arrest of rapper. Police shoot rubber bullets at protesters in the center of Barcelona following riots prompted by the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel
Thousands of protesters took to the streets across Spanish cities on Tuesday evening demanding the release of a rapper arrested by police over a series of tweets in a controversial free speech case.
Police in riot gear stormed a university 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Barcelona on Tuesday morning and arrested rapper Pablo Hasel, who had barricaded himself inside the campus to avoid jail.
Later in the day, around 2,000 people rallied in central Barcelona waving banners and placards that said: “Freedom for Pablo Hasel.
Rapper Pablo Hasel’s arrest has sparked protests in major Spanish cities, with critics calling his prosecution an assault on free speech.
Spanish rapper has been jailed for nine months over tweets and lyrics attacking the monarchy and the police, prompting a national debate on free speech.