Catalan protests at rapper’s imprisonment continue

Students gathered in the Catalan capital Barcelona and other cities yesterday after a third night of demonstrations over the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel, amid signs the Spanish government could crack down on their protests.

The students demanded the rapper’s freedom, as well as an amnesty for Catalonia’s political prisoners and those who had been locked up during the demonstrations.

Around 200 of them marched through the city chanting, setting off firecrackers and throwing eggs at a police station, after earlier occupying a university building – and their actions looked set to continue into the night. Hasel recently lost an appeal and is facing an additional prison term of two-and-a-half years for obstructing justice and assault.

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