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War On Democracy: Spain And Japan Move To Criminalize Protests

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

As might be expected as political and economic policy failures pile up and citizens become increasingly mad, the status quo is becoming increasingly authoritarian (recall blogger “Mish” was just fined 8,000 euros for a blog post).

In the latest disturbing news from a desperate power structure, the conservative government in Spain has passed an Orwellian bill titled the Citizens’ Security Law, which allows for fines of up to 600,000 euros ($816,000) for “unauthorized” street protests, and a 30,000 fine for merely having signs with “offensive” slogans against Spain or for wearing a mask.

This law is a perfect example of the increasing neo-feudalism being implemented across the globe by a corrupt, decadent and depraved status quo. Such laws must be immediately resisted or they will only get worse, much worse. It is quite obvious what the power structure in Spain in trying to do. It is putting into place an egregious punishment framework that could bankrupt a person by merely protesting. Such a threat is intended to make people not even consider their rights as human beings to express grievances to a crony government.

Instead of eye for an eye, it is like 25 eyes and a limb for an eye. If this does’t tell the Spanish people all they need to know about their government I don’t know what will. Below are some excerpts from a Reuters story covering the law:

(Reuters) – Spain’s conservative government agreed on Friday to toughen penalties for unauthorized street protests up to a possible 600,000 euro ($816,000) fine, a crackdown that belies the peaceful record of the anti-austerity protests of recent years.

 

Street protests and strikes have became increasingly frequent in recent years following huge cuts to education and health spending aimed at shrinking Spain’s public deficit to adhere to European Union demands.

 

But in contrast to Greece and elsewhere, where many similar protests have turned violent, Spain’s have remained largely peaceful, despite unemployment of 26 percent, rising poverty, and changes in labor laws that make firing easier.

 

Among other measures, protesters who cover their faces at demonstrations could be fined up to 30,000 euros while “offensive” slogans against Spain or its regions could reap a similar sanction.

 

The government also plans a new law restricting labor protests.

 

“This law … attempts to criminalize the act of protest,” said United Left lawmaker Gaspar Llamazares, questioning whether it complied with Spain’s constitution. “The government is trying to turn its political opponents into delinquents.”

 

”Compare events in Spain with those of other countries around us,” wrote conservative columnist Jose Antonio Zarzalejos on the website El Confidencial. “This security law … will add the stigma of authoritarianism to the political failure of the PP.”

It’s not just Spain though. This sort of panic attack from desperate members of the status quo is popping up elsewhere. Japan is another example, and over the weekend I read that Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba compared demonstrations to “acts of terrorism.” From the Japan Times:

Citizens demonstrating against the controversial state secrets bill are committing “an act terrorism,” according to Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba.

 

In a blog post Friday, he wrote: “If you want to realize your ideas and principles, you should follow the democratic principles, by gaining as much support as you can. I think the strategy of merely shouting one’s opinions at the top of one’s lungs is not so fundamentally different from an act of terrorism.”

My take is that people worldwide will not stand for such nonsense. Increasingly citizens have very little to lose and if they all say no together, there is not much the state can do. Just look at how Ukrainians responded to a ban on protests. Hundreds of thousands of them filled the streets in defiance. Below is a video of just one of the many incredible street scenes from over the weekend. In this case we see demonstrators using a tractor to break police barricades.

Interesting times indeed.

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Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:08 | 4208365 Boris Alatovkrap
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Beat citizenry until morale is improve!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:11 | 4208372 Skateboarder
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protesters who cover their faces at demonstrations could be fined up to 30,000 euros

So a woman with a hijab protesting in Spain should show up with a 30K EUR check? She probably can't afford it... so should she take a loan to protest? That would make the ECB happy, right?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:14 | 4208383 fonzannoon
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does this bag over my head count?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:19 | 4208391 CrashisOptimistic
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This law says :

 

Thou shalt not shield thyself from tear gas with a gas mask.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:56 | 4208496 AlaricBalth
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Don't forget our own anti protest law, HR 347. A "restricted building or grounds" can mean anything the government says it is.

--H.R.347--

H.R.347

One Hundred Twelfth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,

the third day of January, two thousand and twelve

An Act

To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011'.
SEC. 2. RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUNDS.
Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
-`Sec. 1752. Restricted building or grounds

`(a) Whoever--
`(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so;
`(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;
`(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or
`(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds;
or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).
`(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is--
`(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if--
`(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense, uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or
`(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and
`(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, in any other case.
`(c) In this section--
`(1) the term `restricted buildings or grounds' means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area--
`(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President's official residence or its grounds;
`(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or
`(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and
`(2) the term `other person protected by the Secret Service' means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.'.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:04 | 4208530 FredFlintstone
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Cliffs Notes please! 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:15 | 4208581 markmotive
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By the time a protest can be defined as 'criminal', it has already reached revolutionary proportions.

Just look what is happening in Ukraine.

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2013/12/apocalyptic-clashes-between-ukrain...

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 01:28 | 4209121 Anusocracy
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So the CIA better start ginning up some protests in Spain and Japan.

Oh, wait, they're already under our control. That means that everything they do is pure goodness.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:56 | 4208739 AlaricBalth
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Fred - I momentarily contemplated just posting a link, due to the familiarity with this law that most ZH'ers have through the alt media, including ZH.
However, reading it in toto gives us a complete comprehension of its sinister ambiguity. For me to editorialize this legislation would be redundant. It has been covered by more able writers than myself. To read it without commentary is enough to evoke an emotional response from any critical thinking individual.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 08:25 | 4209506 kralizec
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This is rich - "(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions"

Well screw me sideways!  Isn't that what dissent and protest is all about?  I mean if they want peaceful revolution instead of violent revolution...right?

I guess all exits are being blocked, making violence the only recourse.

And we are on the eve of the last recourse!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:08 | 4208547 illyia
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Just have to note that everyone saw this coming... which made it all okay, naturally.

They hate us for our freedoms... etc.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:42 | 4208685 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Biden and Reid are child molesters.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 01:27 | 4209117 Boris Alatovkrap
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Funny sad irony when old sycophant fart is manifest senile mind of child.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 08:26 | 4209508 kralizec
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If like you're child molesters...

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 07:55 | 4209473 Hobbleknee
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Please return to your free-speech zone.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 08:32 | 4209515 kralizec
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The only free speech allowed is the free speech the progressive statists allow, same for protest...only they can astroturf events and provide all the potted plants to parade before state media organs.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:25 | 4208409 remain calm
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Governments turning on their people. Where in the fuck do they get off thinking that a few hundred can stop millions. Jackass's, time to perish.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 07:56 | 4209475 Hobbleknee
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Look around you.  They're doing it, and nobody is fighting back.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:08 | 4208368 NOZZLE
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Sacre Bleu, how eeze that consistent with their constant blathering about human rights in the EU?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:47 | 4208469 Oldwood
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To protest is to obviously detach yourself from the human race. You are sub-human and a threat to all real humans everywhere.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:12 | 4208369 Overfed
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Mike Krieger should know that democracy and liberty are two very different things. At least we have free speech zones here in the USSA.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:17 | 4208385 Not Goldman Sachs
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free defined as.....

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:30 | 4208425 nmewn
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Not being francis sawyer, apparently ;-)

(Forgive me Tyler, it was too easy)

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:45 | 4208467 Exponere Mendaces
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Don't worry, mr. "joo" everything is free as a bird. He just can't spread his particular type of excrement here anymore.

What... you miss the manhugs?

 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:15 | 4208583 nmewn
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No, I miss freedom.

Maybe you didn't realize this but francis and I disagreed on just about everything even though I respected his right to post. But its not MY site.

So, lets hug it up in a closet now...just you and me ;-)

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 08:28 | 4209512 kralizec
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Not always in agreement with Francis either, but I loath tone-police on principle!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:10 | 4208562 illyia
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I knew I missed something...

Always miss the good wars.

Oh, there are no good wars?

I knew I missed something...

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:19 | 4208591 nmewn
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Yeah, I missed it too...heard about it though...now he's gone.

If PC takes over ZH I'll be gone too.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:45 | 4208694 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Free Francis Sawyer.

 

Without racism how can we defeat racism?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:47 | 4208477 Oldwood
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To do what ever pleases you as long as the "state" or anyone else takes no offense in it. Now run out and be "free".

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:13 | 4208376 buzzsaw99
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because people rich enough to pay the fine often protest in the streets?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:31 | 4208429 Stuntgirl
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If you can't pay what happens is that your paycheck gets seized directly without your having access to it.

As a(n employed) protester, I wouldn't be so worried about my assets taking a hit, as about starving my family.

Not mentioned in the article is that filming police activity is also criminalized, passive resistance (sitting on the ground) is fined at 3.000€ and can be counted as obstruction to justice, and verbally criticizing a police officer's actions (when, say, arresting or beating someone else) is to be regarded as assault. If you show your ID to an officer but refuse to hand it over and have it taken from you, obstruction, and not having it on you, obstruction. If you start to protest and someone in your vicinity misbehaves, you are liable.

I played these scenarios over my head as I reviewed the salient points of the law with my colleagues at the cafe.

Turns out, say I am employed and provide for my family.

I see a(n unidentified) cop charging (and they do) on persons sitting on the ground peacefully.

If I take a picture, I'll take a beating and my paycheck seized.

If I say "dudes, chill, this is not right", same thing.

Neat, huh.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:39 | 4208450 29.5 hours
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"Not mentioned in the article is that filming police activity is also criminalized, passive resistance (sitting on the ground) is fined at 3.000€ and can be counted as obstruction to justice..."

Thanks for the reminder. Yes, all true. Criminalizing taking photos or video of police in operation is rapidly spreading at the municipal, county and state levels in the U.S.

 

 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:16 | 4208580 illyia
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Okay, this prediction is coming true. The Bail-In prediction can't be far behind. Gold being forced into whose hands? BitCoin being siezed by the gubment and twisted to evil card-related purposes...

What's next, sages? The PTB have prepared for What?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:50 | 4208716 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Have you considered blowing their heads off with a shotgun?

 

Not my first choice but still a choice.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:19 | 4209006 Ranger4564
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Sad part in all of this is that most people don't need to know anything about these rule changes. They aren't / weren't doing anything about anything anyhow. They are waiting for their messiah, the second cumming, the savior, to save their ass.Fuck 'em.

Time for protest is over. It happened. Passe. Time for oppression continues unabated however. Maybe time to change sides? Nope, it's fresh time for an Uprising.

Fuck protest, fuck the government, fuck the legislature, fuck the police. Fuck 'em and their laws. But just Fuck 'em good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzDIiLd-sUA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlEs9udOquE

Maybe all we need is some flashing lights, and we could induce photosensitive epilepsy.  Just thinking out of the box. My favorite is a water cannon. Just drown their fucking technology. If only we could develop a hand help EMP. Maybe an acoustic cannon that's just bashing out high frequency signals. Or better yet, technology that reflects their technologies. Acoustic / Microwave mirrors, noise cancelling arrays. Oh fuck it, pitch forks and a mosh pit.  Everyone, fart in their direction. Quick, throw the match. O.O

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmin5WkOuPw&list=RDhlEs9udOquE

I'm ready when everyone else is. Till then, snooze fest.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:26 | 4209025 Ranger4564
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In other news, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykrZXc4TjFw .

 

Not sure about the validity of the information, but it's interesting.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:14 | 4208378 Not Goldman Sachs
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Patriot Act part 3...monitored by Drones. Snuff or be snuffed.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:17 | 4208585 illyia
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Wow that was fast. You answered the question an hour before I asked it!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:16 | 4208384 trichotil
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more highly effective citizen security lmao:

http://www.wired.com/design/2013/12/terminal-cornucopia/

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:22 | 4208401 WOAR
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Speaking of citizen security...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y81fJ_O_qy0

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:17 | 4208386 toady
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That could fill the coffers. Or turn protests into armed combat.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:16 | 4208387 Jumbotron
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It's getting about time to sharpen up the aiming skills.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:42 | 4208459 max2205
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But everybody says everything is back to normal...oh wait

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:20 | 4208394 yogibear
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Next step is to throw dissidents into slave labor camps to produce items for the banksters or execute them.

You can expect this in the US at some point.

Fertile ground for a despot in the US.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:20 | 4208400 pupdog1
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"This law is a perfect example of the increasing neo-feudalism ..."

No, this law is a perfect example of rising neo-fascism.

It is also a perfect example of offcialdom being scared shitless.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:22 | 4208406 Bastiat
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Big iron doors rolling shut all over the world.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:31 | 4208427 29.5 hours
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"This law is a perfect example of the increasing neo-feudalism ..."

"No, this law is a perfect example of rising neo-fascism."

Not neo-feudalism. It's just the general trend of ordinary crony capitalism. In fact, as we have seen recently in Greece and Germany, these repressive laws will be used first against the ultra-right and fascists in hopes of gaining a cover of popular support.

 

 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:24 | 4208407 Colonel Klink
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Just like so many times before, citizens will have to take back their freedom by the working end of the gun.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:26 | 4208413 nmewn
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"This law is a perfect example of the increasing neo-feudalism being implemented across the globe by a corrupt, decadent and depraved status quo."

What does the "good king" Juan Carlos have to say about this? ;-)

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