Spain angers rights activists with tough new security law – apparently in favour of population replacement

Africans storm the fence separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla and Morocco.

MADRID: Spain’s proposed new public security law, which introduces hefty fines for unauthorised protests and allows for the summary expulsion of migrants that try to enter the country illegally, has sparked fierce opposition from human rights activists.

The lower house of parliament approved the law – dubbed the “Ley Mordaza” or “Gag Law” by its critics – on Thursday with the votes of the ruling conservative Popular Party which has a majority in the assembly. All opposition parties voted against the bill.

The bill, which was first introduced in 2013, now goes to the senate, Spain’s upper house of parliament, at the beginning of next year for final approval…

Rights groups accuse Spanish police of routinely expelling back to Morocco immigrants who have entered the two territories illegally.

These expulsions are prohibited by 11 Spanish, European and international legal norms because they deny migrants their right to seek asylum, according to rights group Amnesty International…

Amnesty International also criticised a measure in the new law which allows for fines of up to 30,000 euros for those who use images of police without authorisation. It says this could deter activists and journalists from relaying images of alleged police brutality.