Spain's repressive Gag Law finally came into effect this week. Proving that the government has a sense of humour, it's really called The Citizen Safety Law.
The press has lists of what you can only do now at risk of a humungous police fine and here's a selection of these:-
- Taking fotos of the police.
- Referring to a demonstration on Twitter or any other social network.
- Consuming drugs in the street, including a reefer. Whatever that is.
- Taking part in a botellón, or a booze-up, in the street. I look forward to seeing how this is applied in August, after our bullfights.
- Abandoning furniture in the street, even next to the rubbish containers.
- Losing your ID thrice in a year. Or if you can't produce it when asked and you haven't reported theft/loss.
- Using laser pointers.
- Demonstrating at the entrance to Congress or the Senate, even if no one's in there.
- Impeding an eviction.
- Occupying empty houses.
- Showing a "lack of respect" to those in uniform or failing to assist security forces in the prevention of public disturbances
Talking of police fines . . . Up in Ortigueira, here in Galicia, a cyclist was recently fined €1,000 for being over the alcohol limit - the first person to suffer this expensive indignity since new traffic laws came in last March. He joins the growing list of people who've become victims of El Tráfico's revenue collection program. Like the chap who was fined because one of his back-seat passengers was 'pretending to be superman'.
You don't read comments like this every day: I confess that only one third of me is bold-bummed bohemian, the rest is closed-sphinctered bourgeois. More's the pity.
And this is an expression of happiness I've never heard before: I'm chuffed to monkeys.
Finally . . . Here's a foto of a place near Japan's Mount Fuji - the hills east of Pontevedra, from my bedroom window.