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The Government reaches a first pact with its partners to accelerate the reform of the gag law

The repeal of the gag law starts to pick up speed. The Government has reached this Wednesday a first agreement with its partners to replace the citizen security law that the PP approved in 2015 with a new text. Despite the initial misgivings of ERC and EH Bildu, PSOE and United We Can have obtained their support to approve some of the changes they agreed to two months ago. Among the measures that have received this first approval, which is not definitive, is the limitation two hours at the police station to identify any citizen.

The commitment of the coalition government in December 2019 was to repeal the gag law “as soon as possible”. However, until this Wednesday the first meeting in the Congress of Deputies to work on an alternative text that the PNV registered more than a year ago has not taken place. Sources from United We Can present at the presentation have shown their “satisfaction” for him “broad agreement” Reached with the partners of the Government to introduce their amendments in the proposal of the jetzales, despite the “great reticence” that they showed at first. The same voices claim the work of the Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda, Henry Santiago, in negotiations with parliamentary groups.

Socialists and purple reactivated the processing of the law in November, when they agreed on twenty amendments. ERC, PNV and EH Bildu -in some votes Cs have been added- have given their ‘yes’ to the vast majority of these changes, although keep their own fixes with the intention of introducing them later. However, the most controversial articles of the standard, where the agreement is more complex, have not yet been touched upon. The intention of the government parties is to finalize the opinion in a next meeting on February 15 so that the text is later discussed in committee and, finally, approved in the plenary session of Congress.

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Pending issues

Among the agreements reached, which only affect the first 19 articles of the law, is the limit of two hours to identify a person at the police station, except for duly justified exceptional causes. In addition, the person must be returned to the place where they could not be identified when they have been transferred to police stations in a different location and as long as it does not affect the needs of the police service. On the other hand, the PNV proposal is retouched to guarantee that traffic restrictions and controls on public roads are only produced by “cases of serious and effective alteration of citizen security”.

It remains to deal with the proposals of socialists and purples to shield the right of assembly and demonstration, as well as that the mobilizations called for unforeseen causes do not have to be communicated. Other of the most controversial issues are the reform of the protocols for the use of police force, eliminating the prohibition of capturing and disseminating images of the Security Forces and Bodies, or establishing lower sanctions that are adapted to the economic situation of the fined. In addition, PSOE and United We Can want to eliminate any mention of the hot returns of foreigners.

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