Protesters held in Spain demos
Published 15/12/2013 | 05:16
At least seven protesters have been arrested near Spain's parliament and 23 were injured during a demonstration against draft legislation that aims to sets heavy fines for offences such as burning the national flag.
About 4,000 demonstrators were stopped from surrounding parliament by a strong police presence late yesterday.
A regional government said the arrests were made after protesters damaged a police car.
The protest was organised to oppose the introduction of a bill that will set fines of up to 30,000 euro (£25,300) for offences such as burning the flag and insulting the state.
The measures, which were approved by the Cabinet but must be voted in by lawmakers, update a 1992 law and will also include fines of 1,000 euro (£840) for insulting or threatening police during demonstrations.