Spain, supposedly a constitutional monarchy, has gone full “1984” on its citizens.
On Wall Street, they’re whistling a happy tune about Spain’s economic recovery. But it seems the authorities might expect a spot of Greece-like trouble.
News of Spain’s all-out attack on free speech first came from respected economic forecaster/historian Martin Armstrong, who also sounded an alarm: “This is the death of all freedom and it is upon our doorstep.”
According to Mr. Armstrong, posting online pictures of security personnel (particularly ones showing violence against civilians) can result in a fine. Tweeting the “location of an organized protest” can be interpreted as an act of terrorism.
It’s now a criminal offense to confront a public official in any setting or show disrespect to an officer of the law.
Again, Mr. Armstrong: “Answering back, asking a disrespectful question, making a funny face, showing your bottom to an officer of the law, or telling him/her that their breath reminds you of your dog’s underparts is now, sadly, not advisable.”
Tough line to top. Won’t try.
The first Spanish citizen to run afoul of the new law was a 27-year-old salesman who protested using civic resources for a new and larger police station. In a Facebook post, he called the local cops “a pack of slackers.”
Six hours later they were at his door, telling him he was fined at least 100 euros.
Think America has no political prisoners? Research Mr. Armstrong’s story.
Think what is happening in Spain can’t happen here?