A WOMAN in Alicante has been fined €800 for photographing a police car parked in a disabled parking space and posting the picture on Facebook.
She captioned the photo “You park wherever you please and on top of that you won’t be fined.”
The woman was fined under the controversial new Citizen Security Law, popularly known as the “gag law,” which has expanded the government’s authority to regulate and restrict free speech.
The law forbids “the unauthorised use of images or personal or professional data of law enforcement authorities that could endanger the safety of officers, protected facilities or official operations.”
Police councillor Fernando Portillo insisted that the officers had parked in the disabled space out of necessity, as they were responding to a vandalism report and were in a rush to catch the vandals in the act.
For this reason, Portillo said, the officers perceived the woman’s photograph as an attack on their honour and decided to fine the woman, though the town hall recommended “other solutions.”