The situation with rapper Pablo Asel, whose arrest sparked protests and unrest in Spain, shows that the West continues to adhere to double standards, suppressing dissent in the US and the EU and at the same time constantly accusing Russia of “violations of human rights,” a member told RIA Novosti State Duma Committee on International Affairs Elena Panina.
“The story of Pablo Asel shows that the West continues to actively adhere to double standards, severely suppressing dissent within the US and the EU, but at the same time constantly blaming Russia for” human rights violations, “Panina said.
The MP noted that in the West, the number of political prisoners of various views is in the hundreds.
“I would not like the young musician from Catalonia to join their number,” the parliamentarian added.
In 2015, Asel was sentenced to two years of probation for glorifying radical left-wing terrorism, but in 2018 he was given a new sentence. The court ruled that in 64 of his posts on Twitter and one composition on YouTube, statements glorifying terrorism and containing defamation of the monarchy and state institutions were allowed. He was supposed to voluntarily arrive at the prison last Friday, February 12, but refused to do so and on Monday he barricaded himself at the University of Lleida with nearly 50 supporters, and on February 16 he was arrested.
Asel’s arrest led to protests and riots in Spain, including in Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Granada. Several dozen people were detained, dozens were injured.