Spain: Madrid's streets burn as thousands protest "state repression"Around 3000 protesters waved flares, lit fires and shouted slogans during a rally against "state repression" in Madrid on Saturday. Several people have allegedly been arrested as part of the protest.
Protesters call a Public Safety Act passed by the Spanish government in late 2013 "state repression". The act allows protesters to be fined tens of thousands of Euros for filming police, participating in unauthorised protests near parliamentary buildings or insulting police. Those charged with participating in unauthorised protests near parliamentary buildings could be charged with the highest fine, 600,000 euro ($810,000)
The rally was called by the 'Anti-repression Solidarity Network' (la Red Solidaria Antirrepresiva), an umbrella group including several organisations and protest movements such as 15-M, anti-troika group, 'Coordinadora 25-S' and anti-eviction group 'Stop Desahucios'.