For the fourth and fifth nights, violent riots followed demonstrations in support of revolutionary rapper Pablo Hasél, who entered prison last Tuesday. On Friday, in Barcelona, militants tore off a road sign and smashed the glass of a branch of Caixa bank. Revolutionaries entered the bank’s premises, throwing firecrackers and destroying furniture and computers, and trying to set them on fire. ATMs from other banks were destroyed along the route of the demonstration, and the police (Mossos d’Esquadra, police force of Catalonia) were heavily stoned.
Clashes also took place in Girona where barricades were set on fire and a bank attacked. In Vilafranca del Penedès, militants threw stones, fireworks and paint at officers guarding the police station, destroyed security fences and damaged a police vehicle. There were at least two arrests in Barcelona and two more in Girona.
Revolutionaries threw bottles at police, set fire to containers and damaged shops in Barcelona on Saturday in a fifth night of clashes and protests sparked after Pablo Hasél, a revolutionary rapper was jailed for “glorifying terrorism” and insulting royalty in his songs.
Militants hurled projectiles and flares at police, who fired foam bullets to try to repress the uprising.
About 6,000 demonstrators gathered in the city on Saturday.
Militants attacked shops on Barcelona’s most prestigious shopping street, Passeig de Gracia, and combatants smashed windows of the emblamatically bourgeois Palau de la Musica concert hall.