Why Is Podemos Party Pushing To Change Spain’s Controversial ‘Gag Law’

The leader of Podemos party calls legislation ‘greatest blow to civil and political liberties’ since return to democracy, while police is protesting against the change.


The leader of Spain’s Podemos party has defended the coalition government’s push to change its predecessor’s “gag law”, calling it “the greatest blow to civil and political liberties” since the country’s return to democracy.

Ione Belarra, who serves as the minister for social rights in the Socialist-led minority government, said the public security legislation had eroded basic democratic rights since it was introduced by the conservative People’s party (PP) six years ago.

The so-called gag law – which has been criticised by UN experts, journalists and human rights groups – allows authorities to fine journalists and media organisations who distribute unauthorised images of police, sets strict limits on when and where protests can be held and imposes hefty financial penalties on offenders…

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