In Pictures: Protests over jailing of Spanish rapper turn violent

Protesters threw bottles at police, set fire to containers and damaged shops in Barcelona on Saturday in a fifth night of clashes and protests sparked after a rapper was jailed for “glorifying terrorism” and insulting royalty in his songs. The nine-month sentence of Pablo Hasel, known for his virulently anti-establishment raps, has triggered a debate […]

Peaceful Barcelona rally for jailed rapper devolves into clashes

Several thousand took to the streets for a fifth straight day in Barcelona and elsewhere to protest against the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel. A fifth night of peaceful protests to denounce the imprisonment of Spanish rap artist Pablo Hasel has once more devolved into clashes between police and the members of fringe groups who […]

Spain: Rapper’s jailing, riots lead to rift within government

Socialist PM condemns protesters who engaged in violence, but his far-left coalition partner criticises police for their forceful response. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has denounced violent protests which have broken out over the imprisonment of rap artist Pablo Hasél, after a far-left junior partner in his coalition government spoke out in support of the […]

Spain protests: Woman hit by police rubber bullet ‘loses eye’

The woman was reportedly injured during clashes between police and demonstrators, who are protesting a rapper’s imprisonment. A woman has lost an eye amid protests in Spain over the arrest of rap artist Pablo Hasel – demonstrations that have seen police fire rubber bullets and baton-charge demonstrators, according to reports. The woman was reportedly hit […]

After Rapper’s Arrest in Spain, His Supporters Clash With Police

Protesters in Madrid and Barcelona clashed with the police on Wednesday over the arrest of Pablo Hasél, a popular rapper who had barricaded himself in a university to evade a prison sentence for violating Spanish laws restricting speech. Mr. Hasél was arrested on Tuesday in Lleida, a city west of Barcelona, after he failed to […]

‘Cash-burning machines’: Bundesliga chief slams Spanish clubs

Seifert criticises the clubs believed to be behind an effort to establish a breakaway European Super League. The head of the German football league Bundesliga has hit out at Spain’s big clubs for being “cash-burning machines” whose interest in a breakaway European Super League is driven by their business failures. Christian Seifert, chief executive of […]

Catalonia election: What do the results mean?

Madrid, Spain – If nothing else, Sunday’s regional elections in Catalonia will surely go down as the strangest-looking in its deeply turbulent recent history, thanks to the pandemic and photos of voting officials striding around polling stations in full medical personal protective kit. But in terms of alterations to Catalonia’s political picture, Monday’s definitive results […]

Spanish police arrest rapper convicted in free speech case

Officers in riot gear storm Lleida University, in northeastern Spain, where Pablo Hasel had barricaded himself in. Spanish police have stormed a Catalan university to arrest a rapper who barricaded himself inside after he was sentenced to jail on charges of glorifying “terrorism” and slandering the crown and state institutions. Pablo Hasel and dozens of […]

Catalan separatists projected to win majority in regional polls

Opinion poll shows Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya party will gain 36-38 seats. while centre-right Junts per Catalunya to get 30-33 in the 135-seat assembly. Separatist parties in Spain’s Catalonia region look set to jointly win a majority of seats in the regional parliament, according to an opinion poll published by TV3 as polls closed. Held […]

Spain’s Catalonia holds key election amid fears over COVID

Vote could signal appeal of Catalan secessionists and the political trajectory of the pro-independence movement. Polls have opened in Catalonia for an election overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and which Madrid hopes will unseat the region’s governing separatists more than three years after a failed bid to break away from Spain. Whether the election is […]

Europe’s battered tourism industry sees little respite in 2021

Holiday nights in Italy, Spain and Greece fell by at least 70 percent last year, European data show, with 2021 shaping up to be another quiet year. Across Southern Europe’s tourist hotspots, all they can do is get ready and hope. Vaccinations for the coronavirus are being rolled out, but it’s going to be months […]

‘All open’: French flock to Madrid cafes for pandemic reprieve

French tourists weary of their strict national lockdown are flocking over the border to Madrid, where bars and restaurants are open and people can stay outdoors until 10pm, even as COVID-19 batters Europe in a virulent third wave. “Here, there’s life – everything’s happening!” said 22-year-old student Clara Soudet as she left a live music […]

In the pandemic, are Europeans more attracted to the far right?

When Ignacio Garriga, the principal candidate for the far-right Vox party in Catalonia’s upcoming regional elections, launched his campaign last Thursday, he lashed out at Salvador Illa, his Socialist Party rival who recently resigned as health minister. “Inept and irresponsible, Salvador Illa is behind the negligent and criminal management of the pandemic,” Garriga said. “That management […]

Barcelona to sue newspaper for publishing Messi’s $674m contract

El Mundo says Lionel Messi’s deal is ‘largest in the history of sport’ and contributed to Catalan club’s financial woes. Barcelona will take legal action against the Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it published details of Lionel Messi’s current contract, which it says is worth up to 555 million euros ($674m) over four years. The […]

At least three killed in Madrid city centre explosion

DEVELOPING STORY A gov’t official said blast occurred as a team of workmen were repairing the building’s boiler. At least three people have been killed in Madrid when a building partially collapsed following a massive explosion on Wednesday caused by a gas leak. The blast, which occurred around 3pm (14:00 GMT), started a fire inside […]

In Search of My Roots

A filmmaker goes on trip to explore her Spanish heritage and learn about Moriscos, Christian Spaniards of Muslim origin. . Source link

Spain’s Juan Carlos accused of threatening ex-lover’s life

The former lover of Spain’s king emeritus, Juan Carlos, has testified that her life had been threatened by a former spy chief on orders from the exiled monarch himself in a conversation that “terrified” her. The explosive testimony on Friday by German-born business consultant Corinna Larsen emerged during the trial of a notorious retired police […]

In Pictures: Madrid shovels out of record blizzard

Armed with picks and shovels, Madrid residents slowly shovelled out of Spain’s worst blizzard in decades that turned roads and pavements into skating rinks. Officials asked people to stay at home if possible after Storm Filomena dumped 20-30 centimetres (seven-eight inches) of snow on the capital between Friday and Saturday. Emergency services workers and soldiers […]

In Pictures: Thousands stranded in Spain’s record snowstorm

A persistent blizzard has blanketed large parts of Spain with 50-year record levels of snow, halting traffic and leaving thousands trapped in cars or train stations and airports. In Madrid, authorities activated a red alert for the first time since the system was adopted four decades ago and called in the military to rescue people […]

Unusual snow kills 4, brings much of Spain to a standstill

MADRID: A persistent blizzard blanketed large parts of Spain with an unusual amount of snow on Saturday, killing at least four people and leaving thousands trapped in cars or at train stations and airports that suspended all services.The national weather agency reported that as of 7 a.m., the snowfall in Madrid reached a level unseen […]

Deadly snowstorms cause chaos across Spain

Heavy snowfall left three people dead across the country, trapped motorists, and shut down much of the capital. Snowstorms across much of Spain left three people dead and caused chaos across much of the country, trapping motorists and closing the capital’s air and rail links, with more snowfall to come. The bodies of a man […]

COVID: Spain traffic deaths drop to record low amid lockdown

With people taking far fewer trips by road amid lockdown measures, the number of fatal accidents has dropped by 21 percent. The coronavirus pandemic brought the number of traffic accident fatalities last year in Spain to its lowest since records started in 1960 as restrictions on businesses and individuals to curb the spread of the […]