Protests in Spain, Catalonia: violence grows stronger during fifth night

The demonstrators’ outrage included attacking police with bottles, setting rubbish containers on fire, as well as destryoing and robbing shops in Barcelona on Saturday night, which was the fifth night of riots after the rapper was imprisoned for supporting and promoting terrorism and insulting the royal family in his musical compositions.

Approximately 6,000 demonstrators gathered in the city, as local police reported.

The nine-month sentence of Pablo Hazel, notorious for his violent anti-government campaigns, has evoked controversy over freedom of speech and expression in Spain, as well as protests that at times grew stronger in their violence.

Demonstrators threw shells and flares at police officers who fired foam to disperse the crowd, Catalonia’s regional police Mossos d’Esquadra said on Twitter.

Protesters attacked shops on Barcelona’s most prestigious shopping street, Passeig de Gracia, and El Pais newspaper reported others smashed windows in the famous Palau de la Musica concert hall.

According to the regional police, nine people were arrested in Catalonia, including three minors. Some were detained for robbing shops in Barcelona, ​​local police said.

According to police, nine people were injured, two of whom were taken to hospital.


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