Spain: Rapper Pablo Hasel arrested this morning by the police in the university
The Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel is being held after barricading himself inside a university to avoid a jail sentence.
The Catalan police broke into the University of Lleida and arrested him the next day he arrived there with his fans. Pablo is being jailed for a nine-month term for his support in terrorism and damaging the crown and the state institutions on twitter and lyrics that ambush the monarchy and the police. The time for him to hand himself to the police was due last week but he disobey the order.
Nearly two hours after the officers from the Mossos cops arrived early on Tuesday, Pablo Hasel was accompanied away shouting out “death to the fascist state”. Thousands of fans had earlier made a barricade at the university in Lérida, like 150km (90 miles) west of Barcelona. The images at the scene disclose spraying fire extinguishers at the cops earlier his arrest in the university rector building.
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The one who speak on behalf of the Catalan police force told the AFP news that officers had gone to the university “to enforce the judicial ruling”.
Over 200 music artists, which include Hollywood film directors, have signed petition for his prison sentence.
Pablo appeared on twitter saying he would go to prison “with my head held high” if they come for him. “We cannot allow them to dictate what we can say, what we can feel or what we can do,” he said in his tweet.
The government of Spain spoke last week and planned to minimize the fine for “crimes of expression” such as the supporting of terrorism, hateful speech and disrespecting the crown and the religion. Pablo Hasel’s tweets and lyrics accused the cop of torturing and killing demonstrators and migrants.