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Spain: Thousands challenge new 'gag law' on streets of Madrid00:46

Spain: Thousands challenge new 'gag law' on streets of Madrid

Spain, Madrid
July 1, 2015 at 00:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Madrid on Tuesday in protest of a Spanish security 'gag law' which went into effect on midnight. Protesters tied cloth around their mouths and held placards with slogans such as "freedom of expression."

The new law, passed in December, includes fines of up to €600 ($635) if protests, even peaceful ones, are held without authorisation from authorities. Serious disturbances near government buildings such as parliament can be met with fines of up to €30,000 ($31,758), while unauthorised demonstrations near key infrastructure points could result in fines of up to €600,000 ($635,160). Fines are also in place for insulting anyone in uniform and for photographing or filming police officers, where they could be put in danger.

Spain: Thousands challenge new 'gag law' on streets of Madrid00:46
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Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Madrid on Tuesday in protest of a Spanish security 'gag law' which went into effect on midnight. Protesters tied cloth around their mouths and held placards with slogans such as "freedom of expression."

The new law, passed in December, includes fines of up to €600 ($635) if protests, even peaceful ones, are held without authorisation from authorities. Serious disturbances near government buildings such as parliament can be met with fines of up to €30,000 ($31,758), while unauthorised demonstrations near key infrastructure points could result in fines of up to €600,000 ($635,160). Fines are also in place for insulting anyone in uniform and for photographing or filming police officers, where they could be put in danger.