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Violent protests over rapper's arrest and accusations of police brutality rock Catalonia for fifth day

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Protesters face off against a line of riot policeman during clashes on the fifth night of violent demonstrations condemning the arrest of rap artist Pablo Hasel on February 20, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. Spain's judiciary handed a new prison sentence for rapper Pablo Hasel for tweets and lyrics against the monarchy and police sparked a series of violent protests across the country. (Photo by Finbarr O'Reilly/Getty Images)

Angry protesters have now gathered in multiple Spanish cities for five consecutive nights, demonstrating over the dramatic arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel earlier in the week.

(CNN)Angry protesters have now gathered in multiple Spanish cities for five consecutive nights, demonstrating over the dramatic arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel earlier in the week.

After passing another square, called Plaça Urquinaona, police began beating protesters, Berta Galofré Pons, a 23-year-old political scientist, told CNN.

Footage from the Barcelona protests on Saturday shows multiple scuffles between demonstrators and police.

Mossos d'Esquadra -- the Catalan police force -- said in a tweet that they rerouted the protests and that a group of demonstrators split from the main crowd, attacking the Barcelona stock exchange before vandalizing and looting shops.

Police beat some demonstrators with truncheons and fired foam balls at others, said Colet, adding that the barricades protesters set up were for protection.

Protesters erected barricades at Barcelona landmarks such as Plaça de Catalunya and La Rambla, where they threw stones and other objects at police, said Mossos.

"The police have behaved brutally," said Oriol Estival, a 22-year-old geography student at the University of Barcelona who attended the protests.

Like Galofré, he said he was not only protesting the arrest of Hasel, but also police brutality and "the rise of the far-right and fascism in Catalonia. "

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