José Miguel Arenas Beltrán

is a rapper better known as Valtònyc. In 2018, a Spanish court sentenced him to three and a half years in jail for his lyrics critical of the Spanish monarchy. He fled to Brussels, where he continues to fight for Catalan independence.


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Words that offend

Valtònyc on social inequality, terror and free speech in Catalonia

In a controversial yet peaceable move, the Spanish government has pardoned nine jailed Catalan leaders. José Miguel Arenas Beltrán, more widely known as the Spanish rapper Valtònyc, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for insulting the monarchy and ‘glorifying terrorism’ in his lyrics. He is still on the run from the Spanish authorities.

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