Hasel, from the university: “It is enough to go for a few to scare and the rest are afraid to express themselves”

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The condemned Spanish rapper, Pablo Hasél.

Pablo Hasél continues to put the authorities in check by disobeying. This Monday he reported on Twitter of his latest action to protest against what he considers an attack on freedom of expression. He has been locked up in the University of Lleida along with several people who have shown their solidarity three days after the term he had to enter prison expired. He is sentenced to nine months in prison, six years of disqualification and a fine of almost 30,000 euros for crimes of glorification of terrorism and insults against the Crown and against State institutions.

“I am locked up together with quite a few supporters in the University of Lleida, they will have to burst it to arrest me and imprison me. It is in the Rectorat de Rambla d’Aragó in case someone from around here wants to give a hand ”, has written on his Twitter account.

A Hasel “tired and saturated” but “with a lot of strength” attends from the university and in full confinement to The HuffPost and he says he is “aware that all this serves to internalize that it is an attack against our freedoms that we are only going to be able to stop with pressure in the streets and actions like today”. For now, their plan if the police go is to “prevent them from entering”, the rest, says the rapper, “depends on the supportive people who have organized this.”

With this action, in which they have closed the rectory with chains – allowing “students, supporters and the press” to pass – they intend two things: “Avoid arrest by the Police, who will have to enter by force and there constant vigilance until I arrive ”and“ make more noise and show that I am not alone and that it is understood that we are fighting for the freedom of all ”.

That is why he does not personalize his fight: “there are many cases like mine that show that there is no freedom of expression in Spain. It is impossible to go for every person who says certain things, but it is enough to go for a few to scare the rest and to be afraid when it comes to expressing themselves. That means that there is no freedom of expression and, without it and other freedoms that are violated, there is no democracy ”.

Hasel’s trial has also moved onto the political terrain. Last Monday, six days after Hasel’s term to enter prison expired, Moncloa released a brief statement in which it reported that the Ministry of Justice was going to “propose” a reform of the Penal Code so that crimes opinion will not carry jail time. Just a few minutes later, Podemos reported through its parliamentary group that it had registered in Congress a law to protect freedom of expression with the same objective as the reform that Moncloa had just announced.

In fact, although Hasel does not want to ask for a pardon, – “it would mean to repent, and I do not regret anything” – Iglesias himself asked the PSOE a few days ago. But Hasel is not in favor of asking for it. “I am in favor of demanding freedom,” he asserts.

But “if, due to pressure from society or any factor that does not imply the slightest regret or the slightest collaboration with the State, the prison doors open to me, I am going to leave and it will be a great victory for the solidarity movement ”. But he is clear that he would not accept the pardon “nor the slightest sentence”, even if it is an economic sanction as proposed by the Government reform, “because it would not be a legitimate sentence, it would be unfair. And in the face of unjust sentences, what we do is call for a response with mobilization and disobedience. To challenge the message they want to promote. That is why I have not voluntarily presented myself to prison and that is why I would not accept any kind of sentence ”.

Of course, despite efforts and solidarity, sooner or later Hasel finds himself in prison. “There has not been enough solidarity, albeit a lot. That is why when they imprison me there must be a strong response, ”he explains. He decided not to follow in Valtonyc’s footsteps and go into exile “to attend the struggle and protests.” And whatever happens in the next few hours or days, it is clear that he made “a good decision.”

These are some of the tweets for which he has been convicted:

  • 50 police officers injured? These shitty mercenaries bite their tongues hitting hosts and say they’re wounded. (03/23/2014)
  • Now the riot police are crying when they have always beaten and tortured thousands and thousands of people, they have evicted them with blows, etc. (03/25/2014)
  • They try to hide that many people have come out today to demand the end of the fascist monarchy and even beat journalists. (03/30/2014)
  • Nazi-onal police torturing even in front of the cameras. (03/30/2014)
  • Do you kill a policeman? They look for you even under the stones. Does the police kill you? Nor is it well investigated. (04/04/2014)
  • The Bourbon mobster partying with the Saudi monarchy, among those who finance ISIS, everything remains. (02/12/2014)
  • Faced with State terrorism, the organized neighborhood (12/29/2015)
  • They want to exterminate him as his comrade [la grapo] Isabel Aparicio. Let it know. (01/20/2016)
  • One from CUP speaking clearly against the monarchy while IU is giggling with this in the Zarzuela. (01/21/2016)
  • Policemen who with Franco imprisoned and who are now imprisoned as judges of the Nazi-onal Court. (07/02/2016)
  • [El etarra] Joseba Arregi murdered by the police torturing him. (02/14/2016)
  • Ada Colau will not call the King a criminal for selling arms to Saudi Arabia or living in luxury at the cost of misery, she criminalizes the strike. (02/21/2016)

Hundreds of artists and have supported the singer, as well as organizations such as International Amnesty, who points out that “Hasél’s imprisonment for his artistic expressions is unfair.”

“No one should be criminally prosecuted just for expressing himself on social media or for singing something that may be disgusting or scandalous. Expressions that do not clearly and directly incite violence cannot be penalized. If these articles are not modified, freedom of expression will continue to be silenced and artistic manifestations will be restricted, ”said Esteban Beltrán, director of Amnesty International Spain.

“Hasél’s imprisonment is an excessive and disproportionate restriction on his freedom of expression, but he is not the only one who suffers the consequences of unjust laws: many other artists, journalists or activists have received heavy fines or long periods of exclusion from the sector public. And an intangible but sad consequence for our society: self-censorship for fear of suffering repression ”, lamented the director of AI.


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