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Protesters, police clash in Barcelona as thousands take to streets over rapper's arrest

CA, 18 Feb 2021
Thousands of protesters took over Barcelona's streets on Tuesday evening to demand the release of rapper Pablo Hasél, arrested by Spanish police, after being given a jail sentence on charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting the monarchy in his songs.

There were some clashes between protesters and riot police, with video showing garbage bins on fire, looted shops, and objects thrown at officers trying to disperse the crowd, sometimes using batons and foam projectiles.

Hasél was convicted over lyrics and tweets that included references to the Basque separatist paramilitary group ETA, compared Spanish judges to Nazis, and called former king Juan Carlos a mafia boss.

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