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Spain: At Least 13 Arrested As Rioting Resumes In Barcelona Over Jailing Of Controversial Rapper


Violent protests over the jailing of rapper Pablo Hasel resumed in Barcelona, reportedly leading to more than a dozen arrests as rioters torched a police van, threw objects at officers and damaged banks and other businesses.

Video footage posted Saturday on Twitter shows men in dark hoodies dousing a police van with flammable liquid to stoke a larger fire. El Mundo newspaper reported that a driver was inside the van as the rioters caused the fire to spread.

Video shot from another angle near the same scene shows people throwing bottles, flares and other objects at a group of police vehicles and spray-painting the vehicles with anarchist symbols.

The larger fire is then sparked as a person throws flammable liquid on the van.

The rioters have also ignited fire at the entrance of a posh hotel, after smashing the huge glass doors of the building.

Footage from another scene shows police moving quickly together to arrest a woman demonstrator in the street as she yells for help. The clip doesn’t show what led up to her arrest.

Saturday’s violence followed two relatively quiet nights in Barcelona, as the city got a break from the demonstrations. Protests began in Barcelona and Madrid after Hasel was arrested on February 16. The rapper, whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla, was jailed over a 2018 conviction. A court found that his social media posts and lyrics praised Spanish terrorist groups and mocked Spain’s royalty, in violation of the country’s so-called “gag law.”

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