[ View the story "Spaniards urge final push against 'gag law'" on Storify] Spaniards urge final push against 'gag law' Netizens argue passage of bill would increase police power and infringe on citizens' rights.
The Stream· Fri, Oct 31 2014 19:16:45
Image translation: We are not a crime.
The image below calls on Twitter users to join Saturday's protest in Puerta del Sol, the main square in the Spanish capital.
#TodosALaCárcel xa ell@s!
Pero nosotr@s no queremos ir a la cárcel por sobrevivir o por expresarnos
@Soligato: On November 1st we go out to the street to exercise our liberty to gather and express ourselves. Image translation: Why should I be silent if I was born shouting.
El #1Nov salimos a la calle a ejercer nuestras libertades de reunión y expresión
Human rights organisations also
concerns about an amendment on the proposed law that they say would significantly reduce the rights of foreigners in Spain by allowing police to reject any migrant at the border.
Many argued that the proposed law doesn't protect the public.
Become illegal to “offend” Spain, its monarchy, its govt, its flag, its hymns, and its symbols #StopLeyMordaza
Strong movement for #StopLeyMordaza in Spain. Criminalize #nonviolent protest is against basic democratic principles and human rights.Rubén Campos
#Spain's "Citizen Security Law" translates in practice as anti-protest law and limits to democracy #StopLeyMordaza @Nosomosdelito #1N @hrwHélène Michou
@Sergetsus: It's unfortunate that the government's response to the largest outbreak of corruption in Spain is to silence citizens.
Resulta lamentable que ante el mayor estallido de corrupción en España la respuesta del gobierno sea silenciar al ciudadano #StopLeyMordazaSergio
The bill includes controversial measures such as
up to $800,000 for unauthorized protest outside parliament. People who also take pictures of police during demonstrations reportedly may also face fines.
€30,000 for "disturbing citizen security", whatever that means, with your "face covered", whatever that means #StopLeyMordazaThe Anarcyclist
The photographer's fine will be 1,000€
The lady's fine could reach 50,000
The cop? a medal
@Pablo_Iglesias: Laws to tackle corruption? They don't touch. Pursuing the citizens who protest? The government's priority.
¿Leyes para perseguir de verdad la corrupción? No tocan ¿Perseguir a los ciudadanos que protestan? Prioridad del gobierno #StopLeyMordazaPablo Iglesias
Some called the proposed law a step against democracy.
Of course there are differences in Spain, one is full colour the other in black and white #StopLeyMordaza
@XandraZeta: Why is it so hard to have a democracy with freedom of speech in 2014? Who understands this?
#StopLeyMordaza pero porqué es tan difícil llevar a cabo una democracia con libertad de expresión en el año 2014 ?? Quien entiende esto ?Xandra Hernandez
@marianMasoto54: Democracy? No, dictatorship in disguise.
¿Democracia? No, dictadura encubierta #StopLeyMordazamarian
Police Director General Ignacio Cosio previously
the Protection of Public Safety bill "a necessary law".