Skip to comments.EU: Spain accused of 'draconian' plans to clamp down on protests
Posted on 04/12/2012 10:03:45 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Spain has been accused of planning draconian new laws against street protests by curbing the use of social networking.
Jorge Fernandez Diaz, the Spanish interior minister announced in Congress on Wednesday that a reform of the penal code was planned to criminalise those involved in organising street protests that "seriously disturb the public peace".
Under the laws, a minimum jail term of two years could be imposed on those found guilty of instigating and carrying out violent acts of protest under a new package of measures unveiled on Wednesday.
But it has raised fears that the new measures could be used to stem the wave of protests that began last summer with the birth of what has been dubbed the "indignado movement", when tens ouf thousands of peaceful protesters camped out in squares across Spain.
Protest groups were quick to draw comparisons to the fascist dictatorship of Gen Grancisco Franco.
The measures come amid growing incidents of street violence in cities across Spain, most notably Barcelona where "anti-capitalist" groups were blamed for stirring tensions during last month's general strike.
The strike on March 29 was marred by clashes between police and individuals who torched bins, threw missiles at businesses including banks and vandalised the Barcelona Stock Exchange in the Catalan capital.
A Starbucks café was also torched during the protests when police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas as the protests spiralled out of control.
Mr Diaz said "serious disturbances of public order and intent to organise violent demonstrations through means such as social networking" would carry the same penalty as involvement in a criminal organisation under the new reform.
But he also said that the measures would extend authorities powers to deal with passive resistance as contempt of court.
The measures will make it
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Welcome to the new fascist world order!
Spain is gonna do the mega freak out debt default before Greece,,,just saying and repeating
What’s the difference between a “violent act of protest” and a riot?
Birdman, I love your tagline...
“”Those who control language control minds.” — Ayn Rand”
In case you missed it, here’s more evidence:
They’re gonna go all Syrian on them.
“Theyre gonna go all Syrian on them.”
They should, if they learned any lesson at all from Barcelona in 1936. The Spanish left is vicious & amoral.
As David Burge tweeted the other day, I love the USA - but Draconia is sounding like a great place to move to.
I’m not sure.
This is yet another one of those instances of the press carefully tip-toeing around a word, a perfectly applicable and descriptive word, that they don’t want to use...
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