Spaniards uphold right to protest


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Spaniards continue to take to the streets to protest against measures adopted by the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Back in 2013, the government proposed a new Public Safety Law that proposes heavy fines of up to 600,000 euros for activists who participate in unauthorized protests.

Many Spaniards were outraged by the government’s infringement on their rights and called for a genuine social democracy in the country.

Spain has been witnessing protests in recent years since its economy collapsed into recession in the second half of 2008.

The Spanish government has promised the European Union it will lower the public deficit.

According to data released by the Central Bank of Spain in March, the government’s debt neared 94 percent of the GDP in 2013.

A fifth of the population is living under the poverty threshold as defined by Eurostat, the EU statistics office.