Pablo Hasel, a Spanish rapper, who locked himself in a university to avoid jail has been arrested.
On Tuesday, the Catalan police entered the University of Lleida in Catalan, within which he had barricaded himself.
It is understood that the Mossos police force of Catalonia later exited the institution about two hours after their entrance with Hasel being led away shouting “they will never silence us; death to the fascist state.”
It was also gathered that he was taken away to the nearby Ponent prison, where he will begin serving his jail term.
— CDRs de Lleida (@CDRsLleida) February 16, 2021
In 2018, Hasel was convicted for praising terrorism and insulting King Juan Carlos 1 with lyrics and Twitter posts.
He was ordered to go voluntarily to prison early this year to serve nine months for his conviction but he refused.
His case sparked a public outcry in Madrid and Barcelona, with many of his supporters protesting his sentence.
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.
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