A report confirmed by The Local shows that Spanish police raked in nearly €1 million from fines for “disrespecting police” under the controversial gag law.
Data from the Spanish Interior Ministry obtained through a petition by El Diario shows that police fined 6,217 people as of this January for showing “lack of respect to security forces” since the law went into effect last year. Such infractions brought in more than €900,000 ($987,000) in fines, according to the report. A spokeswoman from the Interior Ministry confirmed to The Local that the numbers in the report were correct, and the fines occurred between April 2015 and January 2016. Spain’s public security law has been dubbed the “gag law” by its numerous critics who say it places strict limits on freedom of speech and harkens back to time of dictator Francisco Franco.
International rights organizations including Amnesty International and the International Press Institute have harshly condemned the law for its “dangerous” restrictions, which include fines of up to €600,000 for unauthorized protests, sanctions against social media activism and bans on taking pictures of police.
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