Outrage over Ukraine. Demonstrators blockade the government headquarters in protest against the government. The prime minster causes further offence by referring to the demonstrators as ‘Nazis and criminals’. The government then tries to close down protest using force. John Kerry expresses ‘disgust’.
Less outrage over Spain, where the conservative government is to introduce legislation to forbid, among other things, unauthorised demonstrations outside government headquarters. Organisers are to be punished with fines of up to €30,000 (eyewatering enough, though the original figure was €600,000). Dolores de Cospedal, the secretary of the ruling party, has used the term ‘Nazismo puro’ to refer to protesters.
The legislation is due to be passed next month, in time perhaps for protests against the privatisation of pensions, of which Olli Rehn will approve but which the Spanish electorate do not recall seeing in any manifesto. It also illegalises interference with evictions, which continue in their thousands.
In Ukraine, protest continues. In Spain, it is shortly to be silenced – not by chainsaws, but by fear of destitution.