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MADRID (Sputnik) – Riots brought on by the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel continued for the fifth day in a row, not less than 11 individuals have been detained on Saturday, Mossos d’Esquadra, the police drive of Catalonia, stated.
“10:28 pm [21:28 GMT on Saturday] Violent actions proceed by small teams scattered in Barcelona. In Lleida and Tarragona the riots have ended. 11 Detained to date: one in Lleida, two in Tarragona and eight in Barcelona,” Mossos d’Esquadra said on Twitter.
In keeping with the Medical Emergency System of the Catalonia Division of Well being, not less than 9 individuals have been injured in the course of the Saturday protests.
On Saturday, demonstrations have been held in over 20 Spanish cities. In Barcelona, protesters threw rocks and different objects at police. In Madrid, demonstrations have been held amid heavy police presence and younger individuals resorted to easy insults in opposition to regulation enforcement officers.
Protesters arrange barricades within the heart of Barcelona on Saturday and set them on hearth. Additionally they set hearth to parked bikes and mopeds and threw rocks at police. Retailers have been looted and a few notable buildings, together with the music corridor and the inventory trade, have been broken.
In Lleida, protesters additionally threw stones at police, whereas in Tarragona, a bunch of radicals smashed the home windows of the court docket constructing and a financial institution.
On Friday, not less than 4 individuals have been detained amid the protests (two in Barcelona and two others in Girona), in keeping with Mossos d’Esquadra. Protesters overturned trash cans, set up barricades, smashed store home windows, looted retailers and threw varied objects at regulation enforcement officers.
In 2018, Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel was sentenced to 9 months in jail for glorifying terrorism and slandering the Spanish monarchy in additional than 60 tweets printed between 2014 and 2016, in addition to in certainly one of his songs posted on YouTube. The rapper was purported to voluntarily report back to jail earlier this month however refused to take action. He was arrested on Tuesday, February 16.