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Spanish censor the net

by on25 September 2017

Catalonia didn't expect the Spanish InquisItion 

Spain has instituted measures to stop people talking about the Catalonia region’s attempt to get people to vote on independence.

Random acts of democracy broke out in Catalonia when the region decided to hold a referendum on breaking away from Spain. Spain's Constitutional Court insists that that vote is illegal, and has taken control of Catalonia's police force to try to supress anyone doing something as radical as saying what they think in a form of a vote.

Not only did it deploy thousands of additional police officers and  seized nearly 10 million ballots,  now the Internet Society is involved,

Measures restricting free and direct access to the Internet related to the independence referendum have been reported in Catalonia.

There have been reports that major telecom operators have been asked to watch and block traffic to political websites, and following a court order, law enforcement has raided the offices of the .cat registry in Barcelona, examining a computer and arresting staff.

It is a little worrying that in a democratic country the courts can shut down the internet to stop people talking about voicing an opinion on something that bothers them.


Last modified on 25 September 2017
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