As of July 1, 2015, Spain’s Orwellian-dubbed Citizen Security Law has been in effect. It includes a raft of new measures that go a long way to resurrecting some of the worst aspects of Spain’s not-so-distant past. The measures include fines of up to 600,000 euros for organizing an unauthorized protest, with further €600 fines for disrespecting police officers, and €30,000 for filming or photographing them.
To raise national and international awarness about the new law and the threat it poses to basic human rights and freedoms, activists of the citizens’ movement “Holograms for Freedom” held the first-ever hologram protest in Madrid. Blink and you would have missed it — I certainly did. It took place in April and I only found out about it today.
Here’s a litte more information about Spain’s Citizen Security Law from my WOLF STREET article Spain Takes a Giant Step Backward, Towards Its Dark Past:
Under the Orwellian-titled Law for Citizen Security, or more aptly named “Gag Law,” virtually all forms of political protest, including all non-violent forms, will soon be criminalized. But not with penal charges – most criminal cases brought against non-violent political demonstrators are promptly thrown out of court – but administrative ones. That way, the government can circumvent the traditional checks and balances of the criminal justice system while pocketing millions in administrative fines.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the financial sanctions the government seeks to impose (and, of course, collect upon) for acts of political protest or disobedience:
• Surrounding a government building: Up to €30,000
• Criticizing or insulting the country, government or head of state during a protest or on social media: €30,000
• Participating in a demonstration that does not have the government’s prior approval: €100 – €1,000
• Organizing a demonstration that turns violent: Up to €600,000
• Participating non-violently in a demonstration that gets out of control: €1,000
• Refusal to show personal documentation (I.D. card, passport) to the police: €1,000
• Uploading images of riot police in action that the government considers against their honor, intimacy or the public image of the police force: €100-€600.
• Taking part in a demonstration outside a political party’s headquarters on election day: €30,000-€600,000.
• Trying to prevent the forced eviction of a local resident, something that has become common practice among local communities in recent years: €1,000-€300,000.
The list goes on and on while the fines rise and fall between €100 and €600,000. For the government, the sweeping new measures are all about “securing public order,” as a prerequisite for “ensuring individual liberty” – a roundabout way of saying that it is instituting a soft-power police state to protect itself…
Continue reading the article at Wolf Street