Pablo Hasél




Pablo Rivadulla Duró (born 1988),[1] known artistically as Pablo Hasél, is a Catalan rapper.[2][3][4] He supports left-wing politics and Catalan independence.[5] He has been convicted for praising banned groups, terrorism,[6] and insulting the monarchy,[7] prompting a debate on freedom of speech in Spain.

Born in Lleida, Hasél’s father Ignacio was the president of UE Lleida football club.[10] Hasél took his artistic name from a revolutionary character in an Arabic short story.[11] In a March 2018 interview, Hasél said he was unable to find work due to his criminal convictions that disqualified him from the public sector for ten years, and that his last work had been grape picking in France.[11]

In October 2011, Hasél was arrested and bailed for a song titled “Democracia su Puta Madre” in which he praised “Camarada Arenas”, a convicted member of the GRAPO.[12] In April 2014, he was given a two-year prison sentence for ten songs in praise of GRAPO, ETA[8][13][14][15] the Red Army Faction and Terra Lliure.[6] This sentence was suspended for three years in September 2019, on condition that he not reoffend.[16] Hasél vehemently denies media reports that have listed Al-Qaeda among the groups he was charged with supporting.[17]

In May 2014, Hasél was arrested again for being part of a group that attacked another which it believed to be linked to the far-right Platform for Catalonia.[18]

In June 2016, Hasél pushed and sprayed washing-up liquid at a TV3 journalist. He received six months in prison and a fine of €12,150 in June 2020.[19] In the same month, he received a 2​12-year sentence and €2,500 fine for another assault and obstruction of justice, namely the beating of a witness in the October 2017 trial of a policeman who was eventually acquitted of assaulting a minor.[20]

In March 2018, Hasél was sentenced to two years in prison for praising terrorism and insulting King Juan Carlos I on Twitter.[7] In early 2021, he was ordered to voluntarily enter prison to serve a nine-month sentence for this conviction. He publicly refused this order,[21] and was eventually arrested on 16 February after barricading himself in the University of Lleida.[22] Hasél’s freedom was supported by Amnesty International and a letter signed by 300 Spanish artists including Pedro Almodóvar and Javier Bardem.

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