The repeal of the gag law continues to advance. United We can assure that they have just “concluded the work to reach an agreement” with the socialists “on the amendments” that the two formations are going to present to the bill promoted by the PNV to overturn the Citizen Security regulations approved by the Government scored by Mariano Rajoy. The general secretary of the PCE, Enrique Santiago, has been in charge of negotiating with the PSOE.
United We Can and PSOE take the first steps to resume the repeal of the gag law
Among the novelties that have been specified on the future of this regulation, Santiago highlights that it will bet on “reinforcing the sanctions of a restorative type”, such as those for community work, “as opposed to retributive ones”, which “consist exclusively of a punishment to people”. In this way, they intend to promote “re-socialization of the offenders’ behaviors”. “This would eliminate the current limitation to be able to substitute sanctions for minors for social or community work, now limited to a single time,” indicate sources from United We Can.
Santiago has thanked the Basque nationalists for the impetus they have given to repeal the gag law. During these last weeks the PSOE and the confederal group have met on several occasions. The result of these meetings has only been known by the statements made by the representatives of the minority partner. Last week they already announced that hot returns will come out of the normative text they are working on. The two formations have agreed to “omit any mention of immigration and border issues” in the reform they have on the table, referring “such matters to the immigration legislation, always in accordance with those established in the international agreements signed by Spain,” according to Confederal group sources.
The amendments being drafted by the two formations are committed to guaranteeing the “right of demonstration”, so that only “demonstrations of planned and foreseeable events”, such as “the May 1 demonstration”, should be communicated. “While it will not be necessary to report on those that are held due to unforeseen events that cause their immediacy, as could happen, for example, with the demonstration by La Manada’s ruling, and they will only be punishable if they cause violence or alteration of public order. Communication of planned and foreseeable demonstrations will be sanctioned as a minor offense, “sources from the coalition point out. As long as the protest “is peaceful”, the absence of communication to the authorities will not prevent the right of assembly.
In relation to the changes in the economic amount of the fines, the Government partners intend that the “excessive” fines be reduced and that “proportionality criteria are applied linked to the economic capacity of the company as well as their age, in the case of minors “, when facing a sanction. “In this way, the criterion for the economic amount of the sanctions will be a calculation of progressivity and proportionality to reduce the sanction according to the economic capacity of the sanctioned person,” add the same sources.
Another of the issues addressed between the two formations has been the taking of photographs in the demonstrations and police operations. The amendments that the PP and PSOE are going to present do not cover the penalties for photographing or disseminating images “when they do not affect the right to privacy or security of the police or their families.”