The arrest of Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel in Spain for insulting the King has sparked a debate about freedom of expression in the country. A conflict arose between the coalition partners.
In Spain, the convictions of rapper Pablo Hasel for “insulting the King” have rekindled the debate on freedom of expression in the country.
As protests to demand Hasel’s release continued, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Friday that Spanish democracy “has an obligation to expand and improve freedom of expression as soon as possible.”
“Democracy never justifies violence,” Sánchez added, adding that the use of violence in demonstrations is “unacceptable.”
Disagreement between coalition partners
Pablo Iglesias, leader of the left-wing populist party Podemos, the coalition’s junior partner, said Hasel’s arrest raised doubts about Spanish democracy. Podemos deputy Pablo Echenique also posted his support for the protesters on social media.
Podemos’s stance on the protests sparked disagreements among coalition partners, and the Podemos Party’s failure to condemn violence at the protests sparked criticism.
The government is expected to make legal changes to avoid similar arrests in the future. However, although the government announced last week that it would try to make free speech laws less restrictive, this does not affect Hasel’s arrest. Therefore, Podemos announced that it would request an amnesty for Hasel.
Hasel, known for her radical leftist line, was sentenced to 9 months in prison for her posts on social media that “praise terrorism” and insult the royal family.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez reacted to protests that began demanding the release of rap artist Pablo Hasel, who was jailed for his controversial tweets.
Sánchez, “Spain is a country with full democracy and the use of violence in democratic countries is unacceptable, whatever happens,” he said.
About 100 people are reported to have been detained in protests that take place over three nights. As protesters clashed with police in Barcelona, it was reported that security forces intervened with batons and rubber bullets at protesters who threw flammable materials and stones. Dozens of protesters and police are reported to have been injured in the demonstrations.
It is reported that from the region of Catalonia where the protests began they spread to other cities in the country. The demonstrations are expected to continue into the weekend.
Meanwhile, Spanish newspapers gave extensive coverage to the issue. El Periódico de Catalunya, He included the following opinions in his article: “This is not a matter of taste and color.” It is unacceptable to imprison an artist for his words. “The main issue in this discussion is not whether what the rapper said in his piece was pleasant or not. … Hasél (which is very important) goes to jail for what he sings and the lyrics, not for any other reason. His sentence is an attack on the now frequently manipulated idea of free speech and regimes that still want to call themselves democracy. “
On the other hand, The world newspaper, “The roads to the prison are paved with petty crimes. The rapper deserved this punishment, ”he said. “Reasonable people find the lawsuit appropriate, but are opposed to its resulting in a prison sentence. This is good. … But it should not be overlooked that the path to incarceration can begin with a misdemeanor. Failure to pay the traffic fine can lead to passing from one crime to another, leading to a conviction that will ultimately result in a prison sentence. In fact, it seems that this will be the fate of the person named Hasél, who was declared a hero by a group that was angry with ordinary people who told an inappropriate joke, and even chose with his own hand.