[ View the story "'Unauthorised' protesters in Spain could draw steep fines" on Storify] '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.
The Stream· Tue, Nov 19 2013 12:55:45
Spanish gov's law will fine up to 600K EUR documenting police violations of rights by banning recording officers in protests #LeyAnti15MGinés Casanova
I understand that opinions have been produced and that they are respectable, but we must be clear that we are in a very preliminary stage.storify.com
Police Director General Ignacio Cosio
the Protection of Public Safety bill "a necessary law." Several opposition politicians and the National Association of Judges have also condemned the legislation.
Some citizens fear the proposed law will be used to crack down on protesters including members of the Spanish grassroots political movement,
, also known as "Los Indignados". Spanish Twitter users discussed the issue using #LeyAnti15M, or "anti-15M law".
@PabGallego: The anti-15M law shows that 15M is winning the game. They are afraid of our open approach and our ideas for change.
La #LeyAnti15M demuestra que el #15M está ganando la partida. Tienen miedo a nuestras formas abiertas y a nuestras ideas de cambio.Pablo Gallego
@Saira_Ojert: If 15M were as inoffensive and harmless as some claim, the government would not have made an anti-15M law.
Si el #15M fuera tan inofensivo e inocuo como algunos decían el gobierno no hubiese hecho una #LeyAnti15Malterglobalizacion
The draft law would also target those publishing photos or personal information about police officers on the internet. Many online shared photos of police brutality as an example of what that could be fined under the proposed law.
@GeekIndignado: Sharing this image can cost 600,000 euros. @AdriVidales: Thanks to [Justice Minister] Gallardon, good Spaniards will be protected against delinquents of this form.
Gracias a Gallardón los españoles de bien estaremos protegidos frente a delincuentes de esta calaña #LeyAnti15M
@LuisaoMoratalla: In this photo there are two people committing crimes; the old man who is resisting and the one who took the photo.
En esta foto hay dos personas cometiendo un delito; el anciano que se resiste y el que hizo la foto #Asco #LeyAnti15M
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Others compared the draft law with the government's unpopular economic policies.
This cartoon shows "demonstrators arrested for protesting" and an empty cell for "bankers arrested for destroying the economy."
Con la #LeyAnti15M Ira Botin a Manifestarse, esas multas solo las puede pagar el o alguien como el #InventaUnaMulta
@gines_c: In Spain we cut our services, we cut our rights and we freely finance the banks. Now we are self-fining ourselves with the Anti-M-15 law.
En #Espana recortamos en servicios, recortamos en #derechos y financiamos gratis a la banca. Ahora nos automultamos con la #LeyAnti15MGinés Casanova
if every1 in Spain calls 4 protests at parliament via twitter, the money the govt would collect in fines could pay off the debt #LeyAnti15MDavid Ferreira
The new Citizen Safety Act: Heavy fines to citizens for protesting while the corrupt are still free #LeyAnti15Mfooflare
If approved by government secretaries on Wednesday, the draft law will be sent to Spain's cabinet for review.