23/04/2012 Spain (KMC) - The Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz has announced a tightening of laws that could make some aspects of peaceful protest punishable by law. If the bill is approved by the Spanish Parliament the changes could come into force as soon as 2013. The reforms include giving courts the power to charge those who organise a public demonstration i.e. via certain social networks with disturbing public order and to classify the person as a member of a criminal organisation.
The German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the reform plans were discussed and pushed forward after Spain’s general strike on 29 March 2012. Fernández Díaz said that this year’s strike along with last years 15th of May movement had confronted Spain with a new social reality, going hand in hand with the development of an urban guerrilla and leaving the country suffering from a spiral of violence which can be corrected with these reforms.