Dozens of people injured after protests over rapper’s arrest in Spain

Dozens of people injured after protests over rapper's arrest in Spain

Dozens of people were injured during the protests held in several Spanish cities over the arrest of rapper Pablo Acel.

According to El Mundo, demonstrations took place in several cities in Catalonia where the musician was arrested. Thousands of people took to the streets in Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Vic and Valencia, and the protests degenerated into clashes with police. Protesters threw bottles and stones at police officers, erected barricades, and set garbage cans and motorcycles on fire. In Girona, protesters set fire to a bank door, and in Lleida they threw eggs at local branches of the Popular Party and the Socialist Party of Catalonia.

A total of 33 people were injured, eight of whom were hospitalized, emergency services said. Another 15 people were detained by police.

The rapper was sentenced to nine months in prison because of tweets and lyrics that glorified terrorism and slandered the royal family and government agencies. Asel was supposed to report voluntarily to prison, but instead barricaded himself and his supporters at the University of Lleida. A day later, the police arrested the musician and took him to a nearby prison, where he will begin serving his sentence.