Spain: Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in opposition to legislation that proposes hefty fines for burning Spain’s flag or holding protests outside government buildings. [Opponents of the bill say it is an attempt to muzzle protesters from speaking out about the financial crisis.]
Spain’s new security law sparks protests across country
The new law allows fines of up to €30,000 for disseminating photographs of police officers that are deemed to endanger them or their operations.
Individuals participating in demonstrations outside parliament buildings or key could be fined up to €600,000, if they are considered to breach the peace. Those insulting police officers could be fined up €600. Burning a national flag could cost the perpetrator a maximum fine of €30,000.
El_Pais reports that 82% of citizens wanted to change or kill Spain’s new proposed public security bill
The law [HRW report; text, PDF in Spanish], which was approved last Thursday by the Spanish parliament [official website], is highly controversial and has been criticized as a specific way for the government to silence protesters of its handling of the country’scurrent financial crisis [BBC backgrounder].