A new Citizens Security Law is to be discussed in cabinet on Friday.
20 years ago the ‘Ley Corcuera’ known as the 'kicking in the door law', tried to introduce a similar law but it was blocked by the Constitutional Court.Nov 19, 2013 - 7:42:45 AM
The Interior Ministry has underlined that it is not a new fine, but it does reduce the margin of discretion at the time the offence is carried out, and it will also cover the new forms of protest such as the ‘escrache’ when protestors go outside the concerned minister’s home or department and make as much noise as possible.
The text which has been drawn up by the Interior Ministry will first have to pass the sub secretaries commission, be analysed in Congress, submitted to the State Council and General Commission for Judicial Power. It will then be returned to the Moncloa and be debated in the Congress as an organic law.
Parents will have to pay for any damage caused by their children in the street.
The initial proposal includes the following violations:-
VERY SERIOUS VIOLATIONS – Fines of between 30,001 to 600,000 €
The recording and broadcasting of images of agents from the security services while they are doing their job, which violate the right to honour or image and which can put safety or the corresponding police intervention in danger.
A serious disturbance of order in public, religious, and sporting acts or in any other type of spectacle.
Demonstrations which have not been communicated to the institutions of the State, such as Congress, the Senate, the regional parliaments or the high court.
The non communicated protests at critical infrastructures, such as nuclear power stations and airport runways.
The escraches of acts of aggression against public cargos. The police will now be able to establish a safety perimeter which the demonstrators cannot pass.
Using laser lights on drivers of trains, the metro or pilots.
Protestors who surround the Congress building will be fined 600,000 €
SERIOUS VIOLATIONS – Fines of between 1,001 to 30,000 €
Altering public order by wearing a hood, or any other item which prohibits identification
Threatening, coercing, vexing or insulting any agent from the security forces when they are carrying out public order, for example in demonstrations or any other type of protest.
Offering, asking, or negotiating the service of a prostitute close to children’s areas, such as in parks and near schools, or where the activity put drivers in danger, for example on the pavement, from now on both the prostitute and the client will be fined. However the Interior Ministry makes it clear that prostitution itself will not be sanctioned, only when carried out in the situations listed above.
The illicit possession, transporting, or abandoning drugs, of having the items for its preparation, such as planting and cultivating Marihuana even if it is not to be used for trafficking.
The botellones when they seriously bother local residents and when they are not authorised by the corresponding authority.
The driving of ‘cundas’ the drug taxis which deliver the drugs to drug addicts in the places where drugs are sold.
Damage to urban items such as canopies, rubbish bins and containers, as well as vandalism against public services.
Blocking the right of way with tyres or other items which stop the normal circulation of vehicles and people.
Climbing public buildings in actions of protest, or jumping from the same.
The new law will have 55 articles compared to the 39 now. It adds the public must collaborate with private security services and detectives, and for the first time a policeman can remove an identity card if they believe it to be false. Until now the person only had to show the card.