Rallies staged in over 30 Spanish cities against tough new anti-protest law (PHOTOS)

Rallies staged in over 30 Spanish cities against tough new anti-protest law

Rallies staged in over 30 Spanish cities against tough new anti-protest law (PHOTOS) (RT, Dec 20, 2014):

More than 30 cities in Spain have expressed their anger over the so-called ‘gag’ legislation that criminalizes social protest and, demonstrators say, curbs the freedom of expression.

The slogan of the movement is “Gag Law, why do they want to shut us up?” and unites several groups of citizens spearheaded by the “We Are Not Criminals” civil platform.

The demonstrators also believe that the legislation would allow the deportation of immigrants. “No Human is Illegal,” was another of the slogans of the demonstrations.

In Madrid, police have cracked down on the protest after checking the participants’ IDs. Security has been stepped up in the areas where the rally took place.

A local orchestra played and people sang during the Madrid demonstration. “When the people rise, it is a voice no one can stop. Do you feel the strength of the singing that they will not submit?” one of its verses said.

In Catalonia, protesters were wearing T-shirts reading, “Why should we shut up if we were born screaming?”

The Barcelona rally saw around 12,000 people participating, according to estimates.

Across Spain, organizers have urged the participants to carry on fighting against the law, saying, “Today, we have thousands in all regions,” and “We will continue to stop the law.”

On Thursday, the Cortes, the lower house of the Spanish parliament, approved the law, dubbed the “Ley Mordaza” or “Gag Law” by its critics. The ruling conservative People’s Party dominated the vote, despite all the opposition forces voting against the legislation.The new law stipulates that organizers of unsanctioned rallies will receive a fine of up to €600,000 ($745,000). Citizens who refuse to obey the police or try to prevent evictions, are set to get a €30,000 fine.

#Barcelona: 11,500 protesters against #GagLaw & for the anarchists imprisoned this week #ALaCalle20Dpic.twitter.com/FjgbI74rkF

— eⒶtps (@eatps_) December 20, 2014

1 thought on “Rallies staged in over 30 Spanish cities against tough new anti-protest law (PHOTOS)

  1. Morality cannot be legislated, and unpopular laws cannot be enforced.
    You cannot tell a people they have no right to speak out………….that will only infuriate them to speak out more. You have to fool them, as the US media does in this country…….let them believe they have rights when they don’t. Should the slugs ever figure it out, and hit the streets, then the tanks and SWAT teams will move in………keep them fooled as long as possible.

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