Pablo Rivadulla Duró, Spanish rapper better known as Pablo Hasel, has locked himself inside the University of Lleida in Catalan to avoid jail.

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In 2018, he was convicted and sentenced to jail for praising terrorism and insulting King Juan Carlos 1 with his lyrics and posts on Twitter.

He was ordered to go voluntarily to prison early this year to serve nine months for his conviction, which he publicly refused to do.

His case had sparked wide demonstrations in Madrid and Barcelona with many of his supporters protesting against his sentence.

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A petition was also signed by over 200 Spanish artists including Pedro Almodovar, movie director, and Javier Bardem, Hollywood actor, demanding his release.

Hasel was, however, given until last Friday to turn himself in.

But in a post on his Twitter page on Monday, the singer who has refused to turn himself in stated that he is with his supporters inside the university.

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He said the police authorities will have to break into the institution to get him arrested.

“I am locked up together with many supporters in the University of Lleida, they will have to burst it to arrest and imprison me. It is in the Rectorat de Ramble d’Aragó in case someone from around here wants to help out,” he wrote in Spanish.

In his tweets and lyrics, Hansel was said to have accused police of torturing and killing demonstrators and migrants.



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