Spain: Madrid rights activists say no to ‘gag-law’

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday to call for the repeal of so-called 'gag law,' on the occasion of the third anniversary of the law's introduction. International human rights groups claim that the 'gag law' threatens freedom of expression and assembly in Spain, while the government maintains they are necessary for national security. Called for the... Еще Amnesty International, the demonstration joined forces with a nationwide pensioners protest demanding decent pensions for the retired. The Citizen Security Law — commonly referred to as the 'gag law' — permits fines of up to €600,000 ($733,770) for unauthorised protests outside buildings that provide 'basic services to the community.' It also prohibits the photographing or filming of police officers, with those prosecuted potentially facing fines of up to €30,000 ($36,689).

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