Spanish justice: three and a half years for a song, two years 8 months for neo-nazi attack

In Spain the authorities are cracking down on dangerous singers

Mallorcan rapper Miguel Arenas Beltrán, better known as Valtonyc, has been handed down a sentence of 3 years and 6 months in prison by the National Court to for insulting the King and for promoting Basque separatist organisation ETA and militant left organisation EL Grapo (Grupos de Resistencia Antifascista Primero de Octubre) in his songs.

Valtonyc, originally arrested in March 2013 for assaulting a secretary of the youth wing of Spain’s right-wing People’s Party, has now been sentenced for the crime of praising terrorism and humiliatiing its victims, of slander and of serious insults to the Crown and of making threats.

Despite this, the 23-year-old rapper told journalists a few days ago told reporters that he will continue “to say that the Bourbons are mobsters.” Valtonyc, a computer technician working in a fruit shop, explained that the King’s song was commissioned by Pablo Iglesias for his television program La Tuerka.

On fascists, not so much…

Meanwhile, the Spanish Hate Crimes Prosecutor’s Office has asked a court to sentence to two and a half years in jail two men, linked to ultra and neo-Nazi groups, who have been accused of insulting and kicking a pregnant woman in the gut and punching her husband when Strolled through the center of Barcelona. Their reason? The woman was apparently wearing a niqab!

Spain: you’re a joke!

Nah. Not actually news. Just my opinion of a country that thinks any good comes of handing down a harsher sentence to someone for insulting their monarchy than for an actual assault on a pregnant woman.


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