Spanish people take to streets over rapper’s jailing – in pictures

Free speech protests have continued since the jailing of musician Pablo Hasél last week for exalting terrorism in his lyrics

Mon 22 Feb 2021 by

Flames engulf dustbins during a demonstration in Barcelona. Photograph: Paco Freire/Sopa/Rex/Shutterstock
Regional police clash with protesters in Barcelona during a sixth night of protests and riots after the arrest and imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasél
Firecracker smoke on Vía Laietana in Barcelona. Police officers and vans cleared the streets
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People take photos of a man throwing a bottle during clashes in Barcelona. Pablo Hasél was jailed on charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs
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A graffiti artist works on a mural supporting Pablo Hasél
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A protester throws a rubbish bin at police in Barcelona. Shops in the city centre were targeted and windows broken
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A protester waves a pro-Catalan independence flag in Barcelona
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Demonstrators gather in the central Plaza de Callao in Madrid on Saturday night. The nine-month jail sentence handed to Pablo Hasél, known for his anti-establishment lyrics, has prompted debate over freedom of expression in Spain
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People march in Barcelona. A fringe group of demonstrators looted shops on the city’s most prestigious shopping street, Passeig de Gràcia, while also smashing windows in the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall
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A street artist creates a mural criticising the monarchy
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Riot police confront protesters in Barcelona
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A protester walks past burning rubbish containers during clashes with the Catalan police force after a demonstration last week in Barcelona
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Protesters block the passage of police vans in Barcelona last week
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Demonstrators in Barcelona last week. Spain’s government has announced that it will change the law to remove prison terms for offences involving freedom of expression. It did not specifically mention Hasél or set a timetable for the changes
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A protester poses in front of a burning barricade in Barcelona. More than 100 people, including seven on Sunday, were arrested after clashes with police since Hasél was arrested on Tuesday
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