At least 161 people were detained in Spain during a week of protests against the arrest of rapper Pablo Asel, who was convicted of glorifying terrorism and insulting the crown. About this corr. TASS was informed on Tuesday by the country’s Interior Ministry.
The department noted that 110 law enforcement officers have suffered since the beginning of the demonstrations. “Among all the police bodies, 110 injured employees and 161 detainees come out,” the Interior Ministry said.
Protests against the rapper’s arrest began in Spain on February 16. Most of the rallies took place in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. During demonstrations, groups of aggressive protesters threw stones, bottles, firecrackers and other items at police officers, set fire to garbage containers, robbed shops, and erected barricades. As a result, law enforcement officers had to use force.
Asel was sentenced to nine months in prison for glorifying terrorism and insulting the crown in his Twitter posts and a song posted on YouTube (YouTube). The rapper was supposed to volunteer to appear in prison on February 12, but did not. He barricaded himself with supporters at the University of Lleida to avoid arrest. Nevertheless, on February 16, Asel was detained and imprisoned.