Spanish Government Attempts to ban Memes
A PLAN by Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) government to ban the use of memes in the country met with an immediate and comical backlash on social media on Thursday, November 10.
The scheme was put before Congress and would see restrictions placed on “spreading images that infringe the honour of a person.”
PP politicians want the new ruling added to the unpopular Citizen Security Law, which was introduced in 2015 and places curbs on public protests, social media commentaries and disrespecting the police. It has been referred to as “the gag law” by critics.
They may not find it so easy, however, since they hold only 137 of the 350 available parliamentary seats.
Minutes later, Twitter users published a string of memes ridiculing the proposals, alongside the hashtag #SinMemesNoHayDemocracia.
These are some of the examples :
— Toño Fraguas (@antoniofraguas) November 8, 2016
— Código Nuevo (@CodigoNuevo) November 8, 2016
— cagonros (@cagonros_) November 8, 2016