Foreigners living in Spain and tourists in visiting Spain should take note of these new laws so as to avoid getting into big trouble. On Tuesday Spain unveiled a draft Citizen Security Law which demands huge fines for everything from filming a policeman to drinking on the street. The release of Citizen Security Law has raised more than a few eyebrows. Thee prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said the law was not meant to gag citizens but protect them. “One of the obligations of the government is to guarantee the liberty and security of all of its citizens,” he said. But Joan Coscubiel, a spokesperson for the Izquierda Plural group in parliament, called the law a kick in the teeth for democracy, saying; “This is not a citizens’ security bill, it is a citizen-repression bill.
Read the new laws :
1. INSULTING OR THREATENING COPS: Calling Spanish policemen monos (monkeys but the same as calling them pigs in English) is now a thing of the past unless you want to cough up between €1,001 to €30,000.
2. DRUG USE: Growing your own weed for self-consumption used to be allowed under Spain’s previous left-wing government. Now cultivating, carrying, using or manufacturing drugs will result in fines of between €1,001 to €30,000.
3. ESCRACHES: Originally from Argentina, this type of demonstration involves protesting outside the home or workplace of a political figure. Spain’s anti-eviction lobby the PAH have rather taken a liking to it. They make have second thoughts now unless they want to choke on a fine of between €30,001 to €600,000.
4. DRUG TAXIS: Known in Spain as cundas, these run-down vehicles act as taxis that take addicts from the city to the drug ‘supermarkets’ on the outskirts of Spanish cities. Cunderos, or the drivers, now face fines of between €1,001 to €30,000.
5. CONCEALING YOUR IDENTITY: If you’re looking to wreak some havoc, leave your balaclava and other camouflage at home or they’re going to make you pay through the nose: between €1,001 to €30,000 to be precise.
6. OPEN-AIR DRINKING: Spanish youth culture may be associated with the so-called botellón, but from now on youngsters will have to sip on their alcoholic beverages either at home or in bars unless they want to pay between €1,001 to €30,000.
7. VANDALISM: damaging public property such as bus shelters, rubbish bins or containers will entail penalties of between €1,001 to €30,000.
8. UNAUTHORIZED PROTESTS: If you want to organize a protest outside the Spanish Parliament, Senate or any other government building you’d better give the ruling Popular Party some pre-warning or they will slap you with a mammoth penalty of between €30,001 to €600,000.
9. FILMING OR PHOTOGRAPHING COPS: Earlier this year a Gibraltar man got into trouble for publishing personal information on the border police working at The Rock. Do that now and you’re more than likely to be sorry: the penalty will be between €30,001 to €600,000.
10. BLINDING PILOTS AND DRIVERS WITH LASERS: Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo might find it annoying when someone in the crowd shines a pocket laser in his face, but if they did it to a pilot or bus/train driver they would face astronomical fines of between €30,001 to €600,000 .
Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai
Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff has disclosed that he does not mind living in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
Buratai made this statement on Monday in a meeting with Army Commanders in Abuja, where they deliberated on the recent End SARS protest and pockets of violence across the country.
Information Nigeria recalls there have been calls by International bodies calling for a travel ban to be placed on some military officers accused of human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Buratai attacked the international organizations clamoring for a ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses. According to him, his first trip outside Nigeria was when he was 50 and that he doesn’t mind if he has to live in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better. The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here” The Cable quoted him as saying
At the meeting, the Army chief said recent events across the country have shown the determination of unscrupulous individuals and groups to cause chaos by all means.
“The events of the past few days in our dear nation have shown the determination of some unscrupulous individuals and groups to destabilise Nigeria by all means,” he said.
These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.
Despite all these, the army has continued to exercise restraint applied all the principles of internal security operations and fully abided by the internationally recognised rules of engagement as contained in our published standard operating procedures for internal security operations which are derived from the International human rights laws and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force.” he said.
How iron protector prevented my shop from being robbed: Business man
Chima Smart Nwaneri, a businessman who operates in Owerri, Imo state has disclosed how suspected robbers were unable to burgle his office due to an iron protector.
Nwaneri thanked God for wisdom saying they couldn’t access his goods because of the protector on his ceiling.
Chima wrote on his Twitter account;
“So robbers visited my office where i do my business, but I thank God for wisdom, they couldn’t enter because of the protector on the ceiling..
Help me thank God….”
#EndSARS: We are not collection of angels, Nigerian Police says
The Nigerian police have said its officers are not angels, but the force is doing its best to serve Nigerians better.
This was disclosed in a statement posted on Twitter by the force. This comes after several unrest and pockets of violence that greeted the endsSARS protest against police brutality.
The Nigerian police appear to have started an online campaign to redeem their image and rebuild trust with Nigerian citizens, following the nationwide #EndSARS protests and its devastating fallout.
The security agency which admitted that it is not a collection of angels, however told Nigerians that it is doing its best to ensure better services.
The police, Monday night, uploaded a campaign flyer on Twitter, via their official handle @PoliceNG.
“We are not a collection of angels, but we are doing our best to serve you better,” said the flyer which was produced by the police public relations department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) October 26, 2020
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