Spanish Rapper In Prominent ‘Gag Law’ Case Arrested

Barcelona, Spain

“We will win, they will not bend us with all their repression, never!” the 32-year-old rapper said as he passed TV news cameras.

The case of Hasél, whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla Duró, has drawn increasing attention in Spain and has been linked to the government’s sudden announcement that it is changing a national law that is deemed to curtail freedom of expression.

Over 200 artists, including film director Pedro Almodóvar and actor Javier Bardem, signed a petition last week in support of the rapper.

Spain’s left-wing coalition government unexpectedly announced last week that it would make changes to the country’s criminal code to eliminate prison terms for offenses involving freedom of expression. It did not specifically mention Hasél or set a timetable for the changes.

Source: News | Billboard

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