Feminist protest penalties in Madrid

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FINE CALL: The protesters took part in Women’s Day marches in Madrid. CREDIT: Shutterstock


ACTIVISTS in Madrid have called on the government’s representative in the region to resign after three feminist protesters were fined over International Women’s Day demonstrations.

The Union of Students and Free and Combative called for the immediate resignation of Maria Paz Garcia.

They threatened to call a general students’ strike if their demands are not met. Representatives from both groups have met with the government delegation but the meeting was inconclusive.

The union said fines of up to €2,000 handed down to protesters demonstrating in feminist marches were ‘absolutely shameful’ given the government’s rhetoric on women’s rights.

“The government has declared itself the most feminist in Spanish history but it does not put into practice anything that really improves conditions for women,” the Union of Students General Secretary Carol Latorre said.

The Government’s delegation in Madrid said the protesters were fined after a lorry carrying a public address system was driven into a restricted area without permission.

The ruling left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) has backed feminism as part of its wider socially progressive policy agenda.

The protesters were fined under Spain’s so-called civil security ‘gag law’ which PSOE has previously attempted to reform.

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