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Protests continue in Spain 3 days after rapper conviction
Protests against the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasél
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Demonstrations of support for Pablo Hasél and free speech continued in Spain for the third night in a row, particularly in Catalonia. Deployment of riot police caused confrontations where a woman lost an eye to a rubber bullet.

The fallout from the rapper's conviction also continues in government and the judiciary. Government coalition parties PSOE and Unidas Podemos reacted to the events differently, while a legal reform is being called for by the Spanish Justice Ministry itself.

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Independentists get absolute majority in Catalonia
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Despite the socialist party (PSC) got more votes at the February 14th election, the independentists obtained 74 seats over 135 in parliament.

"I want to send a message to Pedro Sánchez, it is time to sit down to resolve the conflict and vote in a referendum and release prisoners with amnesty," were the first words pronounced, defiantly, by the ERC candidate, Pere Aragonès.

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Over 70 former ministers and senior members of two Spanish parties sign manifesto of support for the reign of Juan Carlos I
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75 former ministers and senior members of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and People's Party (PP), as well as around fifteen ambassadors, have signed a manifesto of support for King Juan Carlos, defending his presumption of innocence and recalling his legacy in these more than 40 years of democracy, the "most fruitful historical period that Spain has known in contemporary times".

Among the signatories of the document are former vice-presidents of the Government such as the socialist Alfonso Guerra; former ministers of Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) such as Rodolfo Martín Villa or Soledad Becerril, or of the PP, such as Rafael Catalá, Jaime Mayor Oreja, Esperanza Aguirre, José Ignacio Wert or Ana Pastor, among others.