02/26/2021

Police raid at the Puerta del Sol in Madrid in the peaceful rally to protest the imprisonment of Pablo Hasél

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The ‘Llibertat Pablo Hasél’ Platform has called for new concentrations for the second consecutive day for this afternoon. Several hundred people fill the Jardinets de Gràcia, in Barcelona, ​​while in Madrid the protest has taken place in the Puerta del Sol.

Another concentration has been called in front of the Ponent prison (Lleida), where the rapper has been imprisoned since he was arrested on Tuesday at the University of Lleida after barricading himself with a group of young people. In addition to the mobilization in Lleida, there are new marches organized in various cities.

Extreme violence broke out Tuesday by protesters who participated in rallies against Hasél’s imprisonment. The Interior Minister, Miquel Sàmper, stressed that there were rioters who attacked the policemen for “free” since they did not try “at any time” to prevent the “rallies.”

Protest at Puerta del Sol

The act of protest in Madrid, which does not have the authorization of the Government Delegation, has started at around 7:00 p.m. at Puerta del Sol under a strong police force after the altercations registered in the calls this Tuesday in various parts of Catalonia.

With banners that read the slogan ‘Kidnapped by the State, Everyone on the street! Let’s conquer their freedom! ‘ or ‘Pablo Hasel, Freedom. Out with the Francoist Justice ‘, the rally began with a festive atmosphere under chants to demand the release of the Catalan rapper from prison.

‘Freedom, Pablo Hasel’, have insistently chanted those gathered in front of the headquarters of the Government of the Community of Madrid, most of them wearing Covid-19 masks but not always keeping the safety distance recommended . ‘Here are the anti-fascists’, ‘Madrid will be the tomb of fascism’ or ‘The struggle continues, whatever the cost’, have been other songs that have been repeated the most.

Banners such as ‘Enough of censorship’ or ‘No to the gag law’ ‘Censorship = Tyranny’ and drawings of faces with their mouths covered with a cross have flooded a Puerta de Sol surrounded by vans of the National Police, troops whom The congregation has challenged with shouts of ‘police out of our streets’ or ‘Nazi by day, Police by night’.