A YEAR after the controversial Citizen’s Security Law came into effect, almost 500 people have been fined for offences included in its myriad of articles in Almeria Province alone, according to data released by the Ministry of the Interior.
The so-called ‘gag law,’ the report reveals, has seen 272 people commit minor offences, and 224 commit serious offences against this law, which was brought in by the Partido Popular with fierce opposition from all other political parties, and claims that it went against rights included in the Spanish Constitution, and was just a cash cow.
That could well appear to be the case as, in Almeria alone, at least 100,000 euros worth of fines have been issued.
Minor offences, such as failing to show sufficient respect for members of the security forces, can result in fines ranging from 100 to 600 euros, while serious offences, such as causing public disorder, blocking public streets and putting people at risk, disobedience, or refusal to show ID to the police, can result in fines of between 601 and 30,000 euros.
Locals did, however, behave themselves well enough to avoid committing very serious offences, which include taking part in forbidden demonstrations in certain public places, or distracting pilots with lasers, which can see them handed fines of between 30,000 and 600,000 euros.
Just one person, in Madrid, has had a fine of this type, the Ministry said.