For the fifth consecutive night there have been violent protests against the arrest of the rapper Pablo Hasél in Spain. During riots in Barcelona, numerous shops in the city center were looted, barricades were set on fire and historic buildings were damaged, as the Catalan police announced on Sunday. Police arrested 38 people across Catalonia. <a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a><p> The re were also protests in the capital Madrid and other Spanish cities. </p><div> <p>Several thousand people gathered in Barcelona on Saturday evening to protest Hasél's arrest. When the protesters moved to the police headquarters, there were clashes with the police. Protesters threw bottles, cans and firecrackers at police officers.</p>
Other protesters broke into stores on the Passeig de Gracia shopping street and looted Nike, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Diesel stores. According to the police, the Barcelona stock exchange and the Art Nouveau building Palau de la Música Catalana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were also damaged.
In Madrid, around 400 people took to the streets against Hasél’s arrest on Saturday. Several police vans were parked on Gran Vía, the Spanish capital’s main shopping street, and a police helicopter circled over the demonstrators.
The re were minor protests in Santander and Logroño.
Hasél was arrested on Tuesday for failing to serve a nine-month prison term for insulting the Spanish royal family and state institutions. On Thursday, the 32-year-old was sentenced to another two and a half years in prison for allegedly threatening a witness in a trial against two police officers.
The re have been multiple clashes between demonstrators and the police. In total, more than a hundred people have been arrested, 95 in Catalonia alone.