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Uprisings Across Spain After Arrest of Revolutionary Rapper Pablo Hasél

Spain. Militants set flaming barricades in streets, smashed windows and threw rocks at riot police in cities across Spain after revolutionary rapper Pablo Hasél was arrested for insulting the Spanish monarchy.

Originally published by Abolition Media Worldwide.

Hasél was arrested at Lleida University in Lérida, about 150km (90 miles) west of Barcelona on Tuesday morning, a day after barricading himself inside the institution with about 20 supporters.

Hasél was sentenced to nine-months in prison for insulting the Spanish monarchy and supporting “terrorist violence.” Hasel has written lyrics in support of left-wing Basque separatist group ETA and GRUPO (First of October Anti-Fascist Groups), a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group active in Spain until the mid-‘00s. Both groups are considered “terrorist organizations” by the Spanish state. Hasel is also facing an additional two and a half years in prison for obstruction of justice and assault charges.

On Wednesday evening, militants threw objects at cops and used trash containers – setting many alight – and overturned motorbikes to block streets in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities. Some shop windows were smashed during the demonstrations.

In Barcelona on Wednesday, antif-fascists set furniture on fire in the streets, erected barricades and hurled stones and bottles at cops.

In Lérida, Hasél’s hometown, militants set fire to containers near the jail where the rapper is being held.

On Thursday, in Barcelona, revolutionaries set a barricade of trash containers and a construction skip to block the city’s main artery, and threw stones, bottles, and other objects at riot police.

Several political parties’ headquarters have been graffitied. A police station in the town of Vic was attacked. Shops and banks have been smashed in several cities, including in Madrid.


2 thoughts on “Uprisings Across Spain After Arrest of Revolutionary Rapper Pablo Hasél

  1. I’ve put a link to this here (entry for 17/2/21) – https://dialectical-delinquents.com/contestavirus/2021-2/february-2021/ with this comment:

    This site (AMW), with its repetitive uses of the word “militant” and “revolutionary” regardless of how pertinent such descriptions may be, says that the rapper “has written lyrics in support of left-wing Basque separatist group ETA and GRUPO (First of October Anti-Fascist Groups), a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group active in Spain until the mid-‘00s.” Whilst not as obnoxious as the Spanish monarchy, these groups have never been worth supporting. For an interesting account of aspects of ETA in the 1980s, see this – https://dialectical-delinquents.com/articles-chronologically-2/class-struggle-histories-2/mendeku-revenge-in-the-basque-country-1987/ – from 1987. As for GRAPO (mistakenly referred to as GRUPO), this group, at least in the 1970s when it first started, was widely seen by revolutionaries at the time as a state-manipulated organisation aiming to attract, manipulate and incriminate those with similar ideologies. Few thought they were genuine Marxist-Leninists, which anyway are not people worthy of uncritical support, least of all in Spain (officially GRAPO presented themselves as an off-shoot of the counter-revolutionary Stalinist-turned-Eurocommunist Communist Party, whose obnoxious history is well-known). Of course, this doesn’t in any way diminish the validity of the riots against his imprisonment. Though it is indicative of the extent of ignorance and naivety about ETA, GRAPO and other causes this rapper, Pablo Hasel, supports (eg Catalan independence – https://dialectical-delinquents.com/articles-chronologically-2/class-struggle-histories-2/homage-to-catatonia-2/ – and Germany’s Red Army Fraction), indicative of the general repression of historical consciousness in this epoch.

  2. […] about and subsequently protesting these measures for quite some time. I also support the people protesting against the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasél, fearing what it could do to people’s right to speak […]

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