War on Protest

SPN riotpolice OnLThe Central Government intends to pass a new law, Ley de Seguridad Ciudadana, which makes it a serious offense to demonstrate outside the Spanish Parliament without requesting permission or with permission denied. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter if the Parliament is in sitting or not and the restriction extends to all other institutions of the state.

Anybody that does could be facing a fine of between 30,000 euros and 600,000 euros… but it doesn’t stop there. Anybody that convokes such a protest via the social media on Internet faces the same huge fines.

The opposition parties en bloc are against this new law, not to mention citizen movements in general, because it effectively denies the right, guaranteed under the Spanish Constitution to gather and protest in public.

What this new law in effect does is to impose economic sanctions for acts that judges have consistently declared as a “legitimate exercise of the Right of Expression.” In other words, because the Government failed to get anybody sent to jail, they apparently are circumventing this obstacle by simply imposing gigantic – and quite frankly, unpayable – fines on normal citizens.

But the War on Protest goes further and makes it illegal to take photos of riot police and publish them on the Internet. This means that if protesters witness excessive police violence against protesting civilians and record visual evidence, they will find themselves facing those same huge fines.

Furthermore, it is now a major offense to insult a member of the riot police, earning you a fine of between 1,001 and 30,000 euros. If you put a riot policeman’s name etc on the Internet it is considered an “attack on his privacy,” with a fine of up to 600,000 euros.

lastly, if you refuse to show a riot policeman your ID card… you guessed it; up to 30,000 euros.

Editorial Comment: The days of the 15M are over with this new law and one can only wonder what surprises the Rajoy Government has up its sleeve that it feels the need to prepare the ground against a social backlash.

(News: Spain)

  1 comment for “War on Protest

  1. Julie
    November 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    What happens when the Police themselves protest again? Do they get arrested and fined if they insult police who are policing them!!!!
    I like their banners from November 2012.

    “Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians”.

    Yesterday, in what is an appetizer to the great 2013 convergence trade (that, between the now thoroughly dead Greek and the Spanish economy, which is rapidly getting there, of course), several thousand Spanish policemen took the streets of Madrid protesting the latest round of austerity, which included frozen pensions and the elimination of the Christmas bonus (they will have many more opportunities to protest not only the loss of any future upside, but the eventual cut of existing wages and entitlements).

    As RT reports, protesters blew whistles, shouted slogans, and carried anti-austerity banners as they marched through the city centre to the interior ministry. (From Zerohedge Nov 2012)

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