PROTESTERS in Spain will now face ‘severe’ punishment following a new anti-protest law.
The government passed the legislation – dubbed the ‘Gag Law’ – yesterday despite opposition from activists and human right organizations.
The law prohibits people from recording or taking pictures of police at demonstrations.
It also identifies demonstrations outside the Senate, parliament or other public service buildings as illegal.
A poll released on Wednesday revealed 82% of the Spanish people disagree with the legislation.
As a result, police can now legally break-up peaceful demonstrations, and arrest citizens that resist.
The law also introduces new fines which can reach up to €30,000 if a demonstration is considered to be illegal.