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November 19, 2013

'Unauthorised' protesters in Spain could draw steep fines

Proposed public safety act would set huge fines for organising unauthorised protests on the ground or online.

Demonstrators argue with riot policemen during a march attended by thousands of people from the Plaza de Espana to the Congreso de los Diputados, Spanish Parliament Lower House, in Madrid, Spain, 25 September 2012. EPA/JUANJO MARTIN

A draft public safety act in Spain would, if passed, charge huge fines for unauthorised public protests and criminalise sharing photos of law enforcement officers online.

People who protest outside Parliament without permission could be fined more than $800,000 (600,000 euros) under the Protection of Public Safety law. The proposed law would also target online organisers of protests.