Spanish Govt 'will Oppose All Forms Of Violence': PM
Muhammad Irfan 10 days ago Fri 19th February 2021 | 05:28 PM
Spain's government "will oppose all forms of violence", Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Friday following the third night of violent protests over the jailing of a rapper for controversial tweets
Madrid, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Feb, 2021 ) :Spain's government "will oppose all forms of violence", Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Friday following the third night of violent protests over the jailing of a rapper for controversial tweets.
"Democracy never, ever justifies violence," said the Socialist leader in his first public condemnation of the unrest which has been applauded by his junior coalition partners, hard-left party Podemos.
Spain's conservative opposition has lambasted the premier for not publicly condemning the violent protests and called for him to break with Podemos over the party's support for the demonstrators.
Angry demonstrations first erupted on Tuesday night after police detained Pablo Hasel, 32, who was holed up in a university in Catalonia to avoid going to jail in a case which has raised concerns about free speech in Spain.
About 100 people have been arrested since the protests began, including 16 overnight in Barcelona and the eastern city of Valencia, and dozens of people have been injured, according to local authorities.
Protesters have thrown rocks and other objects at police, set up barricades with garbage containers and torched street furniture.
Hasel, known for his hard-left views, was arrested after failing to turn himself in last Friday to start a nine-month sentence over tweets calling former king Juan Carlos I a mafia boss and accusing police of torturing and killing demonstrators and migrants.
Catalan students unions have called for a strike and a protest on Friday over the arrest of the rapper.