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Spanish police storm university in Lleida and arrest fugitive rapper

Dozens of Spanish police have stormed a university and arrested a rapper who had barricaded himself inside the building after…

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Dozens of Spanish police have stormed a university and arrested a rapper who had barricaded himself inside the building after being sentenced to jail on charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his lyrics.

Pablo Hasél and a group of his supporters had taken refuge on Monday in the university town of Lleida in north-eastern Catalonia. He had been given until last Friday to hand himself over to the police to serve a nine-month sentence.

He was convicted in 2018 over lyrics and tweets that included references to banned guerrilla groups, likened a court to Nazis, and called the former king Juan Carlos I a mafia boss.

More than 200 artists, including the film director Pedro Almodóvar, the actor Javier Bardem and the singer Joan Manuel Serrat, signed a petition against Hasel’s jailing, and the case led the government to announce some easing of restrictions on free speech.

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