Pablo Rivadulla i Duró (born 1988), known artistically as Pablo Hasél, is a Catalan rapper, poet, and leftist who is known for his underground rap songs and the extremity of his lyrics. The rapper has been convicted more than once due to his lyrics’ implications of the support of terrorism in Spain.
Currently, Pablo has been convicted for praising banned groups and insulting the monarchy, prompting a debate on freedom of speech in Spain.
Born in Lleida, Hasél’s father Ignacio was the president of UE Lleida football club.
Hasél took his artistic name from a revolutionary character in an Arabic short story.
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.
In April 2014, he was given a two-year prison sentence for ten songs in praise of GRAPO, ETA, Al Qaeda, the Red Army Faction and Terra Lliure.This sentence was suspended for three years in September 2019, on condition that he not reoffend.
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.
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. In the same month, he received a 21⁄2-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 assualting a minor.
In March 2018, Hasél was sentenced to two years in prison for praising terrorism and insulting King Juan Carlos I on Twitter. In early 2021, he was ordered to voluntarily enter prison to serve a nine month sentence for this conviction.
He publicly refused this order and was eventually arrested after barricading himself in the University of Lleida.
🔴 ATENCIÓ, MOLT IMPORTANT: ENS TANQUEM AL RECTORAT PER EVITAR L’EMPRESONAMENT DE PABLO HASÉL ❗❗
🔺@PabloHasel està amb nosaltres tancat.
Tothom al Rectorat ❗❗( Plaça Victor Siurana) pic.twitter.com/AFuPnZ35ma
— Llibertat Pablo Hasel (@LlibertatHasel) February 15, 2021
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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Name: Pablo Hasel
Birthday: August 9
Nationality: Spanish Profession Rapper
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Born and raised in Lleida, Catalonia, Pablo Hasel has kept himself inside the University of Lleida denying the arrest. The rapper is best known for his extreme lyrics and published poems.
Many famous rappers, actors, and activists have signed a petition to forfeit his prison sentence. However, the sentence still stands.
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