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Jailed Spanish puppeteers freed after "glorifying terrorism"

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By Euronews
Jailed Spanish puppeteers freed after "glorifying terrorism"

<p>Two puppeteers jailed for glorifying terrorism in Spain have been released Their detention on Saturday caused a public storm of words over speech freedom in a democracy.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Concerns over artistic freedom have been raised over the jailing of Spanish puppeteers <a href="https://t.co/0B2MpP1zbZ">https://t.co/0B2MpP1zbZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/G1F7qgZKQT">pic.twitter.com/G1F7qgZKQT</a></p>— Financial Times (@FT) <a href="https://twitter.com/FT/status/697143705652822016">February 9, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The pair had staged a show called “The Witch and Don Cristobal” as part of Madrid’s carnival celebrations. Children and adults were shown scenes depicting the hanging of a judge and the rape of a nun who was later stabbed to death with a crucifix.</p> <p>The judge said the arrests were due to one puppet holding up a sign referring to the armed Basque separatist group <span class="caps">ETA</span>. It was decided that the men did not pose a flight risk but will still have to appear before the court at a later date.</p>