The Spanish rapper’s lawyer last week released more details about the arrest of his client, who drew some “red lines” for being part of the collective of anti-fascist political prisoners.
In an interview with the Catalan station CMMA, Alejandra Matamoros affirmed that Pablo Hasél he was transferred to the Ponent prison in Lleida, and has already spoken to him, stressing that the musician remains “strong, excited and proud”.
“At this moment, he is alone (…) and integrated in the collective of anti-fascist political prisoners, which has several red lines. Since they are detained, they demand dignified living conditions and, among them, is the refusal to share a cell, for example, ”he explained.
“This is because the cells are tiny, the conditions are very bad and we don’t know what type of prisoner they are going to put there,” he added.
The rapper’s lawyer explained that initially he had no problem with this requirement and that now, due to what he calls “political pressure”, he was told that if he wanted to be in a cell alone, “he had to collaborate on cleaning jobs from prison ”.
Like the other prisoners, Matamoros explained that the artist cleans his cell and the common spaces he uses, but refuses to perform tasks such as “serving dinner and cleaning other spaces, such as the patio, since they are jobs that other prisoners do to access prison benefits ”.
“This is another of the red lines that has the collective of political prisoners. They do not collaborate, in any case, with the maintenance of the prison, “he said, recalling that” these rights were achieved in the 1970s and 1980s, based on very severe hunger strikes “.
Asked how the rapper reacted to the detention at the University of Lleida, Matamoros said it was “an intense journey, of many interviews, from many media, national and international, to cover the subject”, adding that it was a “Quite tense night”.
The lawyer also took the opportunity to criticize the “great part of the media that is trying very hard to intoxicate the reason why Pablo Hasél entered prison”.
“They say it was not for reasons of freedom of expression, but because it had a previous history. It’s totally untrue. You can see it on your criminal record sheet. At the moment, there are two convictions, but when he entered prison, only the 2014 conviction was at issue, for the same reasons, that is, for songs and tweets ”.
Protests for his release continue
This Monday, Barcelona, Girona and Tarragona were once again the scene of demonstrations in favor of the rapper’s release. It was the seventh day of protests, which took place without major incidents and with less support.
In the previous six days of mobilization, Mossos d’Esquadra and the local police arrested 109 people in demonstrations that, in some cases, degenerated into violence, with more than 100 injured, 91 of them Catalan police.
Pablo Hasél, detained last Tuesday at the University of Lleida, became a symbol of freedom of expression in Spain, after being sentenced to nine months in prison for, according to the accusation, insulting Spanish law enforcement, glorifying terrorism and insult the monarchy.
The facts for which the rapper was convicted date back to 2014 and 2016, when he published a song on YouTube and dozens of messages on Twitter, accusing the Spanish law enforcement agencies of torture and homicide.
Subsequently, a court in Lleida upheld another two and a half year sentence for the rapper for threatening a witness at a trial against the city’s urban police. The court will still decide whether to force Hasél to serve the new sentence, although the sentence can still be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Filipa Mesquita, ZAP // Lusa