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Protests continue in Spain 3 days after rapper conviction
Protests against the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasél
Protests against the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasél Credit: Jordiventura96 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

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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Spanish police arrest rapper Pablo Hasél after conviction for lyrics
Tweet by Pablo Hasél listing the messages considered to be "glorification of terrorism"
Tweet by Pablo Hasél listing the messages considered to be "glorification of terrorism" Credit: Pablo Hasél (Twitter Reproduction)

Spain's National Court sentenced Pablo Hasél to two years and nine months behind bars for two separate cases relating to the content of some of his songs and tweets as they were deemed to be "glorification of terrorism" as well as slandering the crown and Spanish law enforcement.

Hundreds of artists have signed a manifesto released earlier last week, entitled 'Without freedom of speech there is no democracy', including luminaries such as Catalan singer Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar and actors Javier Bardem, Alba Flores and Aitana Sánchez Gijón.