Public disorder, vandalism in shops and hard confrontations were generated last night in the center of Barcelona, Spain, where more than 30 people were detained by the authorities in the middle of the demonstration against the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hásel, arrested on Monday for extolling terrorism and insulting the Crown.
The protest is included in the fifth day of demonstrations that have occurred in various parts of Spain, where the protagonists are mainly young people who have questioned freedom of expression in that country, although others have affirmed the abuse of that right by the artist.
Police sources reported today that of the 34 detainees registered throughout the region of Catalonia, some of them minors.
Last night was the most problematic in Barcelona, with riots and looting in dozens of shops in the city center, and damage to infrastructure, including the Stock Exchange and the Palau de la Música, one of the emblematic modernist buildings in the Catalan capital.
Before the violent street acts, some 6 thousand people, according to the Urban Guard, had gathered in that city to demonstrate for the rapper Pablo Hasel, who is serving five days in prison.
Despite the organizers’ call to avoid altercations, shortly after the start of the protest, groups of hooded men began to burn containers, confront the police, destroy street furniture and attack commercial establishments on the streets of the Barcelona commercial hub.
In Madrid, yesterday’s demonstration brought together a hundred people and took place peacefully, amidst a strong police force designed to prevent the riots on Wednesday from repeating.
The center of the Spanish capital was the scene that day of altercations, a replica of those that occurred in Barcelona due to Hasel’s entry into prison, which resulted in 19 people arrested and 55 injured, 35 of them police officers, and material damage in shops in area.