28 Nov 2021
Spanish Police Take to the Streets to Protest Reformed Gag Law
The Index Today
A new proposed change in security law has pushed thousands of Spanish police officers to take to the streets in protest. The law, if changed, will hamper their ability to continue their duties on the job.
The protest is joined by leading politicians from the nation’s conservative parties who argue the law will violate the right to protest and also affect the freedom of expression. The new gag law means authorities can fine organizations and media outlets who capture and distribute authorized images of the police. Offenders of the law will be imposed with heavy fines.
The leftist government has previously reformed legislations so that taking photographs of police of capturing videos will not be considered as a serious offense. The gag law will also mean police will not be able to harmful material to manage protests in the streets. Protestors arrested by the police will not be held for more than 2 hours and the fine imposed will depend on the severity of the protest.