A Spanish rapper has locked himself inside a university to avoid a jail sentence for tweets and lyrics that attacked the monarchy and police.
The rapper Pablo Hasel locks himself inside university building to avoid jail and was given until last week Friday, February 12, to turn himself in, after being sentenced to nine months imprisonment for glorifying terrorism, and slandering the crown and state institutions with his lyrics and tweets.
His tweets and lyrics also accused police of torturing and killing demonstrators and migrants which the police denied the allegations in a separate reports.
In one message Hasel expressed support for Victoria Gómez, a jailed member of the banned Marxist group Grapo which he claimed that she was denied a fair hearing for justice.
In another tweet, the rapper accused King Felipe VI and his father Juan Carlos, the former king, of several crimes.
Hasel’s real name is Pablo Rivadulla Duro. He also backs the campaign for Catalan independence and on Monday February 15, he tweeted that he is with his supporters inside Lleida University and they will have to enter the University to take him.
“They’ll have to break in to take me and jail me,” he tweeted.
The rapper is currently at Lleida University in Catalan province which is 150km (90 miles) west of Barcelona and he is with about 20 supporters there.
Adding to the drama, more than 200 artists, including film directors like Pedro Almodóvar and Hollywood star Javier Bardem, have signed a petition against his jailing.
In 2017, Catalan separatists triggered Spain’s biggest political crisis since the death of fascist dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.
If the court order against Pablo Hasel is finally enforced, he will become the highest-profile person to have actually gone to prison for a speech crime in Spain in recent years.
In 2018 the rapper Valtònyc had his jail term confirmed by Spain’s Supreme Court, for glorifying terrorism and insulting the monarchy with his promises of bullets for right-wing politicians and a noose for the king.
Valtònyc, was jailed for three-and-a-half-years in Spain, but he fled to Belgium, where a court decided not to extradite him.
The year before, Twitter user Cassandra Vera had been sentenced to prison for making jokes about the 1973 assassination of Gen Franco’s number two, Adm Luis Carrero Blanco, in a bomb attack by Eta Basque militants, although she was acquitted on appeal.