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Spain: Rappers reported for allegedly insulting police

20 September 2017
Police started a reporting procedure on rap group Émbolo after a festival performance in Madrid for allegedly “offending the authority” in their show.
Photo: Émbolo’s San Isidro performance/Émbolo Facebook

 

Police officers started a reporting procedure on rap group Émbolo after their San Isidro Saltador festival performance in Madrid on 13 May 2017 for allegedly “offending the authority” in some of the lyrics and on-stage speech in between songs which the police said was insulting to them, reported ABC.

City hall politician Rommy Arce interfered in the procedure and attempted to halt it, appealing to artistic freedom. She stated that, despite understanding the agents’ position, the expression was made “on a stage, during a performance, protected by the freedom of creation and in the context of a provocative attitude”, reported El País.

It remains unclear whether the report was filed or if a case was started.

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