“21.47 pm [20:47 GMT on Sunday] Violent groups are committing acts of vandalism in the area of ​​Rambla Catalunya [in Barcelona] … So far, we have arrested 7 people, 5 for robbery at a clothing store and 2 for public disorder,” Mossos d’Esquadra said on Twitter.

Earlier on Sunday evening, the police said on Twitter that protesters had set up barricades in the center of Barcelona and there was a fire burning at the music hall (Palau de la Musica).

“There are violent groups throwing stones and bottles at officers,” Mossos d’Esquadra said, adding in another tweet that police “arrested five people who had broken the windows of a clothing store on Passeig de Gracia and were stealing from it. During the arrest, an officer was injured.”

In Bilbao, protesters set trash cans on fire and broke shop windows, throwing bottles and other objects at police on Sunday. One person was reported detained.

On Saturday, over 30 people were detained during protests in Barcelona, Lleida and Tarragona. Protesters set up barricades in the center of Barcelona on Saturday and set them on fire. They also set fire to parked motorcycles and mopeds and threw rocks at police. Shops were looted and some notable buildings, including the music hall and the stock exchange, were damaged.

According to the Medical Emergency System of the Catalonia Department of Health, over a dozen people were injured during the Saturday protests (in Barcelona, Lleida, Tarragona, Cubelles). Two of the injured were hospitalized.

On Friday, at least four people were detained amid the protests (two in Barcelona and two others in Girona), according to Mossos d’Esquadra.

In 2018, Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel was sentenced to nine months in prison for glorifying terrorism and slandering the Spanish monarchy in more than 60 tweets published between 2014 and 2016, as well as in one of his songs posted on YouTube. The rapper was supposed to voluntarily report to prison earlier this month but refused to do so. He was arrested on Tuesday, February 16.