Solidarity: THE BARCELONA 8

BARCELONA 2/17/2021.- Several protesters throw objects at a riot squad vehicle at a demonstration to protest the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel, who entered prison the day before, convicted of crimes of glorifying terrorism and insults to the Monarchy, this Wednesday in Barcelona. EFE / Enric Fontcuberta

Derry Anarchist Black Cross

Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel -who barricaded himself inside the University of Lleida, defying a court order for his arrest- was finally kidnapped by Catalan police on 16th February 2021 and jailed on a nine-month sentence for “insulting the Spanish monarchy, insulting the Spanish army and police forces, and praising terrorism and banned groups” both in his statements on social media and the lyrics of his songs.

Almost two hours after officers from the Catalan police force went in early on Tuesday, Hasel was led away shouting “they will never silence us; death to the fascist state”.
Dozens of supporters had earlier built a barricade at the university in Lérida (Lleida in Catalan), 150km (90 miles) west of Barcelona. Pictures from the scene showed activists spraying fire extinguishers at police before he was arrested in the university rector’s building.

On Tuesday night protests broke out in cities across Spain. In Barcelona…

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