Thousands of Madrid residents took to the streets on Wednesday night to protest the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel. Pablo Hasel, real name Pablo Rivadulla Duro was arrested on Tuesday after a confrontation with police at a Spanish university. Video footage has emerged showing large groups of protesters fleeing riot police during the demonstration on Wednesday night.
The footage, now circulating on social media, shows riot police pushing, shoving and punching protesters while demanding they disperse.
Protesters can also be seen throwing bottles at riot police, while trying to fire back at those in riot gear.
This marks the second night of unrest between citizens and police in the city.
After his arrest, protesters clashed with police and demanded his immediate release.
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The rapper is facing nine months in prison for glorifying terrorism and slandering the Crown and state institutions over tweets and song lyrics.
The rapper slammed former king Juan Carlos, following corruption allegations, and insisted he was a thief and mob boss.
Spain’s ruling High Court focused on many of the rapper’s tweets, including one in which he allegedly praised Spanish Maoist terror group GRAPO.
During his arrest, Mr Hasel was heard shouting: “They will never silence us, death to the fascist state”.
Since his arrest, protests have been reported across Catalonia on Tuesday.
In Barcelona, around 2,000 people joined the protests and held up signs reading “Free Pablo”.
Violence was then reported when police intervened and protesters set trash cans on fire and threw objects.
According to Catalan media, another 2,000 people have called for the rapper’s release in his hometown of Segrià.
More than 200 artists, including director Pedro Almodóvar and Hollywood star Javier Bardem, have signed a petition against Hasel’s prison sentence