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December 15, 2013
December 15, 2013

Madrid: Protests against the criminalisation of demonstrations

Author: Sofia Tipaldou Translator: Anna Papoutsi
Category: Protest
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Madrid: Protests against the criminalisation of demonstrations

Thousands of people (2,000 to 5,000) responded to the call of various groups and organisations, including the Coordinadora 25S, for a new demonstration outside the Congress on Saturday, December 14th, in protest of the new Public Safety Act, also known as “gag law”.

According to the Coordinadora 25S, with the new law, the Ministry of Interior will have full powers to fine with up to 600,000 euros, those actions deemed punishable and this without any judicial control. The list of possible infractions finally included in the bill approved, is similar to the one initially advertised. It includes activities that until now were not considered illegal and only a judge could decide otherwise. The new law completely abolishes the separation of powers and, thus, the the Ministry of Interior, i.e. the police, becomes judge and jury.

The demonstration ended up in riots and clashes between the protesters and the police.

23 people were injured (including 14 police officers) and 7 people have been arrested. 

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