The thousand deaths of the Gag Law (Spain)

The thousand deaths of the Gag Law (Spain)

The “death” gag law. Cartoon of 06/02/2021 in CTXT

We read again about the reform of the gagging lawThe “gag law”, not about repealing it, which is what they were so happy to assure and promise they would do.

Yes, repeal, no matter how much they now pretend to stick their heads in a hole and rewrite the words they said.

What’s more, in the PSOE/Unidas Podemos “Progressive Coalition” document they even talk about creating a new law to replace it.

You don’t have to be very clever to understand that this is not a reform. For a new “citizen security” law to be born, the old one must die.

5.6 Civil rights and liberties. “We will pass a new law on citizen security, replacing the “gag law” to guarantee the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

This new legislation, which will come into force as soon as possible, will be based on a progressive conception of citizen security and will prioritise the guarantee of rights and the protection of citizens, and in particular will regulate, among others, the right of assembly, the identification and body search, the identification of agents, and the repeal of article 315.3 of the Penal Code“.

When they do hurry up

For the express reform of 135 of the always “untouchable” Constitution in order to prioritise the payment of the public debt over any other expenditure, they were not so lazy and did not take so much care.

Nor to protect Juanca Primero after his abdication with a speedy privileges in an organic law cooked up and approved in three days.

Sometimes it is not enough to have a memory, it is very healthy to refresh it in order not to lose the perspective of the reality that time is shaping and transforming for partisan interests.

So, once again, here is a list of the times the gag law was sentenced to death.

2014 – Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón
Sánchez to Rajoy in Congress on the gag law:
You are the most retrograde President of Spanish democracy“.

2014 – Guadalupe Martín González
We say NO to the gag law, we will repeal it as soon as possible“.

2015 – Ignacio Sánchez Amor
“The gag law is already in the queue of laws to repeal”.

2015 – Francisco Javier López Álvarez, “Patxi López”
“We will repeal the gag law when we reach the Government”.

2015 – Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón
“We will repeal the gag law as soon as we come to Government”.

2015 – “NO TO THE GAG LAW”
PSOE campaign video.

2015 – “Reasons to say NO to the gag law”
PSOE campaign document, without waste:
-“It’s a return to the police state
-“Its aim is to punish the dissident, the one who protests.”
-“It enables the police to exercise exorbitant powers of inspection, retention, investigation, repression and sanction, through the criminalisation of certain behaviours”.

Don’t go away yet…

2016 – Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón.
Pedro Sánchez’s speech at the start of the pre-campaign and presentation of socialist candidates:
We will repeal the gag law

2016 – Campaign Guide Elections 2016 – PSOE
“In the first weeks of socialist government
we will repeal all the retrograde laws of the Popular Party, from the gag law to the permanent

gag law to the permanent revisable prison, including recovering the plurality and independence of RTVE”
plurality and independence of RTVE”.

2016 – Antonio Hernando Vera
“The repeal of the gag law is absolutely essential, because it is one of the elements that has most attacked the rights and freedoms of citizens”.

2016 – Antonio Hernando Vera
“The repeal of the gag law is absolutely essential”.

2017 – Antonio Hernando Vera
“Next week we will begin the repeal of the gag law”.

2018 – Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón
“We are going to make progress on rights, repealing the gag law because no truly free society persecutes freedom of expression”.

2019 – “Progressive Coalition” agreement document PSOE/Unidas Podemos
5.6 Civil rights and liberties. “We will pass a new law on citizen security, replacing the “Gag Law” to guarantee the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. This new legislation, which will come into force as soon as possible, will be based on a progressive conception of citizen security and will prioritise the guarantee of rights and the protection of citizens, and in particular will regulate, among others, the right of assembly, the identification and body search, the identification of agents, and the repeal of article 315.3 of the Penal Code“.

2020 – Pablo Echenique Robba
“We are going to repeal the gag law”.

2020 – Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez
“The government has among its priorities the repeal of the so-called gag law”.


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