Who is Pablo Hasél, the rapper whose arrest for “insulting the monarchy” is generating a wave of unrest in Spain – World


It was this Tuesday that his name returned to the mouths of the world, particularly in Spain, after being detained at the University of Lleida, 150 km from Barcelona: Pablo Hasél was the target of an arrest warrant for “glorifying terrorism” and insult the monarchy. ” The arrest, carried out by the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police), was to provoke a wave of protests in Spain, who went into violence with the authorities.

The controversial Spanish rapper, who was born in Lleida in August 1988, had been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison – the sentence would be ratified by the Supreme Court for 9 months -, accused of “glorifying terrorism and insulting the Crown and to State institutions “, not only in the music they compose and produce, but also in the publications made on the social network Twitter, where it was common to send messages of attack on police action and members of Spanish royalty.

As this was the fourth sentence of a court against the young man, his arrest was ordered.

But the ‘arm wrestling’ of justice with the 32-year-old began in 2011, when a court declared that the artist’s freedom of expression did not include the “hate speech” he used in the lyrics.

In 2017 a court in Lérida would impose a fine on him for rhymes addressed to the mayor Àngel Ros, in a song that the rapper ‘dedicated’ to him: “Àngel badly born, you deserve a shot, I will stab you, you will ruin me, I will pluck the skin from the strips “, is heard in the theme that generated controversy and that was worth a fine of 30 thousand euros.

Already in 2017 convicted of resistance to detention and disobedience to authority, in 2018 he would again be convicted of trespassing. The Audiencia Nacional would lift the suspension of the execution of the sentence decreed by the court, which had condemned him in the case involving the artist’s music and publications on social networks, this Monday, spolicking Pablo’s arrest to serve time.

The young man sought ‘refuge’ at the local university, together with a group of supporters, and ended up having to be forcibly removed from space. “It would be an unworthy humiliation to go on my own foot in the face of such an unjust sentence (…). I will not be the only political prisoner, the state chains are full of revolutionaries who have re-introduced us, fighting for democratic rights and freedom. of my sentence is for explaining it and showing solidarity with them “, writes the rapper in a statement he left on social media, before being arrested.

Among the verses considered in the case, which already led to a previous conviction in 2014, as well as the phrases published on social networks that support the accusation against the musician, assumed Catalan separatist are:

– “Patxi López’s car deserves to explode!”

– “I don’t feel sorry for being shot in the neck, socialist”

– “Someone stick an ice ax in José Bono’s head”

– “Death penalty for pathetic Infants, who spend our money on plastic surgery”

– “50 wounded policemen? These shitty mercenaries bite their tongues to attack people and say they were hurt”

– “The Bourbon mobster celebrating with the Saudi monarchy, everything close to those who finance the Daesh”

– “The kingfucker of the king giving lessons in a palace, a millionaire at the expense of the people’s misery. Brand Spain”

– “Friends from the kingdom of Spain bombing hospitals WHILE Juan Carlos goes to hell with them”

– “Another year with the mafia and medieval monarchy, insulting intelligence and divinity with public money. It seems like a lie”


Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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