Meanwhile, in Spain...
Really? This proposed law would prevent the organisation of any kind of protest organised through the Internet, thus qualifying as criminal any civil demonstration or public gathering. According to the proposal, even retweeting an event considered by the government violent, would be liable to two years imprisonment.

Really? We think that this proposal will result in... let's see... some online organized protests?

For more, we'll give you several links for you to peruse, and we'd love to hear from our friends in Spain about this.

Spain Wants To Criminalise Online Organisation Of Social Protest
http://www.internetsansfrontieres.com/Spain-Wants-To-Criminalise-Online-Organisation-Of-Social-Protest_a420.html

The Interior says that calling for gatherings on the Internet that may turn to violence will be a crime (Spanish only)
http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20120411/interior-avanza-que-convocar-concentraciones-por-internet-que-deriven-violencia-sera-delito/515213.shtml

#HolaDictatura #SoyCriminal
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I'm from Spain, and they're also changing the law so that passive resistance is also considered violent. In addition, impeding access to public buildings will also be a crime.

They tell us that this goes against violent protestors but they're punishing peaceful ones instead. I can only guess most people will choose to stay at home or go full-on violent, since the punishment will be the same.
 
We will see more and more of this ... After what happened in French elections, powers that invested so much in our politicians will not be happy about their investment. Pesky people and their votes, right?

Only way to control their investment into politicians is to diminish liberty and democracy. They will do it piecemeal, so that the public doesn't notice before it's too late.
 
+Global Citizens United please bear in mind that even non-violent acts (e.g. remaining sitted while an agent tells you otherwise, obstructing access to public buildings) are about to be considered violent and punishable. And, by extension, so will promoting an act where any of these things end up happening.
 
When a nation blurs the lines between violence and non-violence, they will not know what is coming.
 
By the way, they're also planning to make parties and unions responsible for anything that happens in protests they organise, even if it's caused, as +Global Citizens United said, by uninvited outsiders.
 
Every state can form own laws, but they can be challenged on EU level after.

Like the example of Hungary in recent times.
 
+Ron Ruble (Thanks +Bruno Markovic) Also, by allowing the speech, but then clamping down on what they consider violence and/or disruptions, and how they believe it was incited, perhaps the government thinks they're getting around the EU.
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