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The Catalan rapper who has been told to go to jail, Pablo Hasél, has released a new composition dedicated to the Spanish king Felipe VI on the same day as the deadline passes for him to report to prison. Hasél uploaded the video clip "Not even Felipe VI" to Youtube this Friday and it has already been viewed thousands of times.

The video begins with a speech extract from the Spanish monarch, in which he states that "without freedom of expression and information there is no democracy." In his lyrics, Hasel addresses the king as a "tyrant" and also takes aims at Spain's "so-called progressive government" for trying to stop protest mobilization. The video is recorded in different locations in Hasél's hometown, Lleida.

In the song published by Pablo Hasél this Friday, the day he has been ordered to begin his prison sentence of 2 years and 9 months following two guilty verdicts in the Spanish National Audience for glorification of terrorism, the rapper states that he will never be "in the prison of fear" and that his microphone "will remain uncomfortable." He also notes that "even" singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat has called for him to be released and he says that his lyrics are not "insults" but that he is just telling the truth of what is happening.

The chorus of the new rap, in Castilian, goes:
No hay quien me quite esto ni Felipe sexto (No-one can take this from me not even Felipe Sexto)
Muestro a la verdad en el remite de mi texto (I show the truth in what my text refers to)
Hijos de Franco condenando por ser franco (Sons of Franco, condemning people for being frank) 
Crecerá la semilla de libertad que planto (It will grow, the seed of liberty that I plant)

Other statements made by Hasél in the lyrics include accusing the Spanish authorities of being the ones who praise the real terrorists, and also says that when the "domination" - by Felipe VI - ends, "history will absolve us." He accuses him of being a "fascist" and warns that "we are not like the domesticated [Pablo] Iglesias". Hasél's lyrical pot-shots also target the public expense of the Spanish royal family: "Twelve thousand euros are wasted every night on the campechano" - a reference to state spending on security for the former king Juan Carlos I in his Middle Eastern exile, while by contrast "pensions are cheaper than the cost of one hour of the royal family".

Hasél won't go to prison voluntarily

Two weeks ago, Hasél announced that he would not voluntarily report to prison for the sentences he has been ordered to serve for glorifying terrorism through the lyrics of some of his songs.

In fact, Hasel considers that his imprisonment is not an "attack" against him personally but against free speech and, therefore, against the majority who do not have it guaranteed, like so many other democratic freedoms. As the rapper has said in a statement, when they repress one person, "they do it to scare the rest" and through this "terrorism" they seek to prevent people from calling out crimes and policies based on exploitation and misery.

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