Spanish ‘terror lyrics’ rapper Valtònyc says he has no regrets

Rapper Josep Miguel Arenas, known as Valtònyc, performs during a demonstration in Barcelona, 17 March 2018 Symbol copyright Getty Pictures Symbol caption Rapper Valtònyc says his lyrics are aimed at provoking other folks into examining their attitudes

A Spanish rapper on the run in Belgium from a three-and-a-part year prison sentence has instructed the BBC that he does not be apologetic about any of his lyrics.

Josep Miguel Arenas Beltram, identified to his enthusiasts as Valtònyc, was once convicted in Would Possibly of insulting the Spanish royal family and glorifying terrorism.

in a single track Valtònyc, 24, raps: “The king has a rendezvous at the village square, with a noose round his neck.”

He has been launched on bail pending a choice on his extradition to Spain.

Valtònyc, who had mentioned that “disobedience is professional and a duty” before he went on the run in Would Possibly, says that his lyrics are merely designed to provoke folks into analyzing their attitudes and reactions.

Image copyright Getty Images Symbol caption The 24-yr-vintage musician was once discovered in charge in Spain of insulting the monarchy

In his music, some of which has been released through a YouTube channel, Valtònyc courts controversy with lyrics in which he describes wanting to drop a nuclear bomb on a local flesh presser.

In every other of his songs, he sings approximately “a message of hope”, including “Eta is a super nation” in a connection with the Basque militant group.

The Majorca-born rapper is the first artist in Spain since the fall of the Franco regime in the 1970s to be found to blame of insulting the monarchy.

Valtònyc has spent the previous two months in self-imposed exile in the Belgian town of Ghent.

He mentioned he was inspired by means of the ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s resolution to escape to Belgium after Madrid took regulate in Catalonia in reaction to a unilateral declaration of independence ultimate October.

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Around the time of his disappearance in May, Valtònyc tweeted that “Spain is going to make a fool of itself”, including that he was not “giving up”.

Mr Puigdemont then replied to his tweet, providing his beef up to the artist.

“All my affection to you for a hard decision, nevertheless it permits you to continue protecting values and basic freedoms without which there may be no democracy,” Mr Puigdemont wrote.

Spain issued a global arrest warrant for Valtònyc straight away after he went on the run, resulting in a backlash on Spanish social media over freedom of speech in the u . s . a ..

The musician had appealed to the Superb Court Docket on the grounds that he was once secure by his proper to freedom of expression, but this was once later rejected.

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