The Tweets for Which Catalan Rapper Pablo Hasel Was Imprisoned

Catalan rapper Pablo Hasél has been imprisoned for “glorification of terrorism” and “insulting” the Spanish crown and police in song lyrics and tweets. Here are the 64 tweets that the prosecutor included in the indictment against the artist, as published by Público newspaper:

March 23, 2014
“50 wounded police officers? Those fucking mercenaries bite their own tongues beating people up and say they’re wounded.”

March 24, 2014
“Proud of those who responded to the police aggression.”

March 25, 2014
“Today the riot police are cry babies when they’re the ones who have always beaten and tortured thousands and thousands of people, evicted people with billy clubs, etc.”

March 27, 2014
“The police kill 15 immigrants and they are little saints. The people defend themselves from their brutality and we are ‘violent terrorists, trash, etc’.”

March 30, 2014
“They mean to hide the fact that many people came out today to demand the end of the fascist monarchy and beat even the journalists.”

March 30, 2014
“Nazi-onal police go torturing people even on camera.”

April 4, 2014
“You kill a police officer? They search for you everywhere. The police kill someone? They don’t even investigate it well.”

April 4, 2014
“Two years since Iñigo Cabacas was killed by the police without anyone being tried for it.”

April 28, 2014
“The Guardia Civil torturing and shooting at immigrants? Democracy. Jokes about fascists? Abetting terrorism.”

October 30, 2015
“Detained in Galicia for “glorifying terrorism” that is, for saying that one has to fight against the fascist State.”

December 2, 2015
“The Bourbon mafioso partying with the Saudi monarch, everything stays between those who finance ISIL.”

December 25, 2015
“The Bourbon thief must not appreciate the impunity he has in order to make fun of us.”

December 25, 2015
“Constancy in the fight so that one day it will be Phillip of Bourbon who will be evicted with all the rest of his parasitic family, enemies of the people.”

December 25, 2015
“The fucking mafioso king giving lessons from the palace, he’s a millionaire thanks to other people’s misery. Brand Spain.”

December 25, 2015
“The most disgusting thing about the monarchy is that while they are millionaires due to other people’s misery, they pretend to care about the people.”

December 25, 2015

“The Spanish Communist Party supported the Franco-imposed monarchy in the ‘transition’ while the Reconstituted Communist Party of Spain put their lives on the line to denounce the maneuver.”

December 27, 2015
“Thousands of old people freezing and without a stable roof over their heads while monarchs give lessons from palaces.”

December 27, 2015
“If it’s true that the people love the monarchy as much as the mercenary tv pundits say, let them let the royal family loose in the streets without bodyguards.”

“One more year with the mafioso and medieval monarchy insulting our intelligence and divinity with public monies. Incredible.”

December 29, 2015
“Faced with the terrorism of the State, we answer with organized neighborhoods (with an attached video of police charges in Lavapiés, a neighborhood in Madrid)”

December 30, 2015
“They call graffiti artists—but not the monarchy—a criminal gang. What a demented state.”

January 18, 2016
“The mafioso monarchy that gives lessons to countries where no one is thrown out of their houses.” (with an attached image of a cartoon with the former king next to a decapitated Saudi Arabian)

January 20, 2016
“They want to exterminate him like his comrade Isabel Aparicio. Everyone should know.”

January 21, 2016
“The Spanish Kingdom’s friends bombing hospitals while Juan Carlos goes whoring with them.”

January 21, 2016
“A member of the CUP speaking clearly against the monarchy while the United Left jokes around with this one at the Zarzuela [Spanish royal palace].”

January 24, 2016
“The fucker P. Iglesias joking around at the Zarzuela [Spanish royal palace] without recriminating the Bourbon for the atrocities for which he is responsible for.”

January 25, 2016
“While they say there is terrible tyranny in Cuba—a place with fewer resources which doesn’t evict people—they hide the mafioso business dealings between the Bourbon and Saudia Arabia.”

January 25, 2016
“No matter how many millions of euros they invest in manipulation, no matter how ‘untouchable’ they are, the monarchy will be remembered in history as the parasites they are.”

January 26, 2016
“The Spanish State giving weapons to criminals who are friends of the monarchy so they can bomb Yemen. Everyone should know. [With an attached image of the former king next to Saudi Arabian leaders.]”

January 29, 2016
“It is Saudia Arabia’s fault that the children in Yemen suffer like this. Ah, the democratic friends of the mafioso Bourbons [with an attached image of a child in an advanced state of malnutrition on a scale]”

February 7, 2016
“The police that jailed people under Franco and that now jail people as judges of the Nazi-onal Court.”

February 14, 2016
“Joseba Arregi tortured to death by the police.”

February 15, 2016
“Lowlife police say: ‘We’re watching out for your safety’ while, paid by you, they come to evict you.”

February 17, 2016
“In the ‘eviction-free city’ that Carmena promised, the police are attacking and detaining whoever fights against the evictions, right now.”

February 21, 2016
“[Barcelona Mayor] Ada Colau will not call the king a criminal for selling weapons to Saudia Arabia or for living a luxurious life by causing misery, she criminalizes the strike.”

February 22, 2016
“Police officers who kill your child, but are not punished, and on top of that, ask for money.”

February 22, 2016
“If I was Iñigo Cabacas’ father, those police who on top of it all ask for money for killing him would be on notice.”

February 22, 2016
“The police killed 15 immigrants and they’re little saints. The people defend themselves from their violence and we’re ‘violent terrorists, trash and so on.’ The police who ordered the shooting which led to Iñigo Cabacas’ killing, is demanding €777,000 from the family in order to open an investigation. It’s enough to make you…”

March 7, 2016
“The police sow racism and harvest rage. Who’s surprised?”

March 9, 2016
“Even the police agents who seem the nicest stop the people who are struggling and not those who exploit and plunder. They are not friends.”

March 11, 2016
“Yes, they do represent us. [With an attached image of Ignacio Várela Gómez]”

March 4, 2016
“The demonstrations are necessary but insufficient, let’s support those who have gone further. [With an attached image of Victoria Gómez]”

March 16, 2016
“The police are racist with immigrants and when they receive a blow in response, act like they’re the victims. Same old story as always.”

March 17, 2016
“Students responding to police brutality in the Basque Country.”

March 17, 2016
“Fighting for decent education means that the police will stop you and bash open your head with billy clubs. It’s happened again in Gasteiz.”

March 17, 2016
“When the police use their weapons against the oppressors and not the oppressed, then you can start telling us that they are our allies.”

March 17, 2016
“Today the police, enemy of democracy, bashed people’s heads open and detained young people who were fighting for a decent education [attached image with two Basque police agents taking away a detained, bloody youth]”

March 24, 2016
“No Guardia Civil agent paid for the 16 immigrants murdered by rubber bullets. Now call that democracy. [attached image of a dead body on the beach]”

March 31, 2016
“We don’t see you being such a drag about much worse damage caused by the imperialist bombings or police torture.”

March 31, 2016
“Mónica and Francisco received 12 years in jail for some damage to a basilica. The Guardia Civil, impunity for dozens of murdered immigrants.”

April 1, 2016
“Two years since she was exterminated by a torturing state, we remember her words. [attached image of Isabel Aparicio]”

April 1, 2016
“And that’s how it was, they ended up exterminating her. [attached image of Isabel Aparicio]”

April 1, 2016
“They condemned her to 12 years in prison for being in the propaganda apparatus of the PCE(r). 12 years with no armed struggle. [attached image of Isabel Aparicio]”

April 1, 2016
“Two years since Isabel Aparicio was exterminated for being communist, by the State which refused her medical attention in jail. [attached image of Isabel Aparicio]”

April 1, 2016
“No forgetting, no pardoning. What they weren’t able to do was kill your important legacy of struggle, you live much more than they do. [attached photograph of Isabel Aparicio on the PCE(r) logo]”

April 1, 2016
“They wanted to silence you by exterminating you and they will never be able to do it, because your voice carries the cries of the desperate [attached image of Isabel Aparicio’s gravestone]”

April 5, 2016
“The police who murdered Iñigo Cabacas not only go unpunished, on top of that they ask for money from his family. Reality is stranger than fiction.”

April 5, 2016
“New letter from political prisoner Victoria Gómez.”

April 7, 2016
“Juan Martín Luna, member of PCE(r), killed by police for defending our rights.”

June 1, 2016
“Antifascist activist explains the tortures inflicted by the police.”

August 1, 2016
“They wanted to exterminate you and they will never be able to do it because your voice carries the cries of the desperate. [image of Isabel Aparicio Sánchez’ gravestone]”

August 7, 2016
“The police kill with total impunity: Iñigo Cabacas, immigrants, etc. But Pablo Iglesias says they protect us.”

December 24, 2016
“One more year with the mafioso, medieval monarchy insulting our intelligence and divinity with public monies. Incredible.”

Catalan Political Prisoners Call on People to Vote for Amnesty and the Republic in Today’s Catalan Elections

The nine Catalan pro-independence political prisoners Oriol Junqueras, Carme Forcadell, Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Dolors Bassa, Josep Rull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart call on the Catalans to vote en masse for “amnesty and the republic” in today’s Catalan elections.

They emphasize the importance of voting in order to challenge the Spanish state and to demand an end to repression “through amnesty and the return of exiles” to “face the democratic resolution” of the conflict between Catalonia and Spain.

The political prisoners also call for a future government that defends an inclusive project, in the service of social reconstruction and national liberation, emphasizing that to move towards this common goal they must build a shared strategy. “The repressive state powers always seeks to divide those who fight it. That is why it is more important than ever to maintain unity in diversity,” they state.

Some of the prisoners remind us that the elections in the current Covid-19 scenario force “citizens to choose between the protection of the right to life and the right to political participation,” which shows the “contempt” of the state for both institutions and Catalan society.

Jailed Catalan Leader Jordi Cuixart Calls on the Catalans to Vote en Masse in the February 14th Elections

The President of the Catalan cultural and civil organization Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, calls on the Catalans to “fill the ballot boxes” with pro-independence votes in the February 14th elections in response to the ongoing Spanish “state operation” against the pro-independence movement.

Jordi Cuixart affirms that the political prisoners are not “the visualization of any defeat but a further step towards victory” and also recalls that exiles continue fighting “to defend the ideals” that forced them to leave Catalonia.

“We will continue to defend the right to self-determination and the right to live in a Catalan republic of free citizens,” Cuixart says, adding that “enough is enough” in reference to political courts. “The solution to the repression will come neither from pardons nor from reforms of the penal code. We demand amnesty: there are more than 2,850 being repressed. We will not abandon anyone,” Cuixart insists.

Cuixart also calls for “a strong government” to defend amnesty and the right to self-determination, and assures that “we will do it again [exercise the right to self-determination like in 2017]. We will always obey our conscience in the face of unjust laws, in defense of the violated rights and freedoms of people,” he says, calling for them to be “united, standing and on the street.”

Spanish National Heritage Spends €500,000 per Year on the Maintenance of Three Swimming Pools for the Royal House

Spain’s National Heritage spends half a million euros per year on the maintenance of three swimming pools for the Royal House, according to revelations published by elDiario.es.

The 500,000 euros per year are spent on tasks such as daily cleaning of filters and hygienic control of water quality of the three swimming pools. The contract was awarded to Multiservicios Tecnológicos SA, which specializes in installations, air conditioning and cold rooms. In addition, 240,000 euros must be added for the maintenance of the building and its premises by the company Teodoro SA, cleaning tasks for the palace costing 893,000 euros and forestry services for the Palau del Pardo costing 140,000 euros.

However, these are not the only expenses that have been charged to National Heritage that are linked to the monarchy. This body, linked to the Ministry of the Presidency, has also paid for the compensation for the unfair dismissal of the crew of the yacht Fortuna, which former King Juan Carlos enjoyed until he decided to sell it; the maintenance of the house where his ex-lover Corinna Larsen was staying in Madrid, the insurance for the various luxury cars she received as gifts and the staff and security that accompanies the former King in Abu Dhabi.

In total, the Spanish monarchy costs taxpayers almost €2 million extra than the €8.4 specified in the state budget approved by Congress for this year.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Once Again Condemns Spain for Not Investigating Tortures

On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) once again condemned the Spanish state for failing to investigate allegations of torture and thus violating Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The sentence confirms that Iñigo González Etayo, arrested in 2011, was subjected to “inhuman and degrading treatment” and must be compensated with 20,000 euros.

Iñigo was arrested, along with Gorka Zabala, Jon Patxi Arratibel and Gorka Mayo, by order of the incumbent Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska, then a judge of the Spanish National Court. They were all accused of belonging to a terrorist organization for being members of the Basque pro-independence organization Ekin.

Iñigo claimed that during the interrogation they put a bag over his head, waterboarded him, hit him and made him want to vomit because he couldn’t stand it anymore. The confession was obtained by torture. Its contents were specified by the police. All the detainees reported being tortured by the Civil Guard.

Strasbourg already condemned Spain for failing to investigate allegations of tortures against Patxi Arratibel and Xabier Beortegi, both detained in the same police operation. It is noteworthy that Arratibel signed a police statement with the word “Aztnugal,” which read backwards means “help” in Basque.

The Spanish “Socialist” Party (PSOE-PSC) Once Again Blocks an Investigation Into Spain’s Former King Juan Carlos’ Illicit Accounts

On Wednesday, the Spanish “Socialist” Party (PSOE-PSC) once again blocked the creation of a commission of investigation into Juan Carlos, Spain’s former king’s illicit accounts. This came after the lawyers of Spain’s Congress endorsed such an investigation for the first time, contrary to what they had done before.

PSOE/PSC joined forces with the far-right Vox and the right-wing PP in the Congress Bureau in order to block the admission of the request to investigate the emeritus king in the chamber. It is a procedure that so far has not passed any similar request and that allows the issue to be raised in the Congress.

The request for the creation of a commission of investigation by Podemos argues that the facts to be investigated are subsequent to the abdication of the former monarch, and therefore the criterion of inviolability cannot be applied to him.

Minister of Health Salvador Illa

Spain’s Minister of Health Salvador Illa recently announced his presidential candidacy for PSOE/PSC in the next Catalan election, saying he will call for the formation of a new progressive government if he won the election. But the refusal of his administration to allow an investigation into the alleged corruption of the Spanish monarchy shows once again that his progressive rhetoric is just populist, not real, aimed at manipulating the public opinion to reach power by any means.

If this last episode of failure by this minister and his administration to be progressive is not enough to open people’s eyes, it is important to remember that he, himself, and a number of his colleagues also attended several demonstrations in Catalonia organized by the far right organization Societat Civil Catalana (SCC), some members of which have direct links with neo-Nazi squads.

Therefore, Illa’s victory in the next Catalan elections would be a victory of reactionaries, who if able to form a new government, would have a carte blanche to dismantle any sign of progress across the country.

50 International Personalities, Including Five Nobel Prize Laureates, Sign a Manifesto Calling for an Amnesty for Catalan Political Prisoners

50 international personalities, including five Nobel Prize laureates and UN dignitaries, have signed a manifesto promoted by the Catalan civic organization Òmnium Cultural calling for an amnesty for the jailed, exiled and prosecuted over the 2017 independence referendum.

The manifesto argues against the use of courts by Spain “to resolve a political crisis, and urges the Spanish government to end repression and to initiate sincere dialogue with Catalonia to find a political solution that would give the citizens of Catalonia the right to decide their own political future.”

Yoko Ono, Gerry Adams, Dilma Rousseff, Ai Wei Wei, and five Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Jody Williams, Mairead Corrigan, Shirin Ebadi, Elfriede Jelinek and Adolfo Perez Esquivel are amongst the 50 signatories of the manifesto calling for amnesty and the end of repression of Catalans by Spain.

This manifesto comes ahead of Catalan elections on February 14th, which are expected to see pro-independence parties securing an absolute majority with a strong possibility of obtaining over 50% of the total votes.

Spain’s Supreme Court Prosecutors Oppose Pardon for Catalan Political Prisoners

Earlier this week, the prosecutors of the Spanish Supreme Court Javier Zaragoza, Jaime Moreno, Consuelo Madrigal and Fidel Cadena informed the Supreme Court that they oppose the pardons for the pro-independence political prisoners because they do not observe reasons of “justice, equity or utility.”

The prosecutors also warned that “the enormous gravity of the facts and the proportionality of the sentences imposed must be borne in mind.” In fact, they believe that the lack of “obedience to the law” indicates that the political prisoners would commit the same crime [holding a vote: giving people the power to decide their own future through an independence referendum] again.

According to the Public Ministry, “in any case, it seems obvious that one of the minimum requirements for granting pardons is the ascertainment of a manifest acceptance of responsibility for the crime committed and the determined purpose of not reoffending as evidence of compliance with the violated legality. None of these circumstances have been proven in the present case,” concluded the prosecutor.

Having heard the position of the prosecutors, the Supreme Court must now send its report, which, like that of the prosecutors, is mandatory but not binding on the Spanish government, which has the final decision in its hands.

NOTE: The Spanish Supreme Court and the presiding body of the judiciary have leaned towards far-right positions in the last few years.

The Spanish Constitutional Court Rules that an Insult to the Spanish Flag Is a Crime

On Tuesday, the Spanish Constitutional Court ruled by majority that insults to the Spanish flag are no longer considered freedom of expression, but a crime.

The divided Court was only able to pass the ruling by a single vote, but it established that indignities against the Spanish flag are crimes as they are not protected by the right to freedom of expression. It did so by dismissing an appeal filed by the trade union, Galician Intersindical Confederation, which was condemned for an offense against the flag in using phrases such as “here I heard the silence of the fucking flag” and “you have to set fire to the fucking flag.”

The trade union alleged that their freedom of expression has been violated. However, the court considered that these expressions were without the protection of fundamental rights.

Five of the court’s twelve judges voted against the decision: Andrés Ollero Tasara, Juan Antonio Xiol Ríos, Cándido Conde-Pumpido Tourón, Encarnación Roca Trías and María Luisa Balaguer Callejón.

Prestigious lawyers such as Gonzalo Boye are considering taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Neo-Nazis Seen in a Demonstration Organized by Spain’s Far-Right Vox Party

Last weekend, groups of neo-Nazis were seen in a demonstration organized by the Spanish far-right political party Vox, in Barcelona commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the Constitution.

The demonstration, led by the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, only amassed some 200 people. Some of the attendees were seen showing the Nazi salute repeatedly and waving; neo-Nazi and National Identity Front – Workers’ National-Socialist Spanish Party (FNI-PNSOE) Flags.

Hate Crime to be Reported

Several organizations have announced their intention to report it to the police and prosecutors as a hate crime, arguing that expressing support for fascism is not freedom of expression, but a crime.

Catalonia’s Home Affairs Minister, Miquel Sàmper, said that the police are already gathering information for a report to be sent to the prosecutor. “Democratic institutions cannot leave any leeway for acts against the law, such as professing fascism, which surpass the limits of freedom of speech.”

These events come just a few days after the messages from several former and high-ranking members of the Spanish Air Force in a WhatsApp group were leaked, including one saying: “There is no choice but to start shooting 26 million sons of bitches.”