Spain passes anti-protest bill, to considerable protest

December 11, 2014 7:47 PM

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Spain passes anti-protest bill, to considerable protest

MADRID (Reuters) - The conservative-led Spanish parliament passed an anti-protest bill on Thursday against heavy opposition from politicians and activist groups, who say the law violates the right to protest, limits freedom of expression and gives more power to police.

The measure essentially limits demonstrations to authorized gatherings and imposes heavy fines on unauthorized protesters. Although it was watered down from a draft introduced last year, opponents say it still disregards democracy in a country that only emerged from right-wing dictatorship in the la...

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