“We live in dangerous days…
… to say what you think, it’s to dig your own grave”.
So yeah, I did it again. I grew tired of overall stupidity and witch-hunting and I closed both my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Some random guy – who said to be a lawyer – accused me of committing a hate crime mainly for allowing me to offer a different version of some events that happened a couple of days before, and that had the whole country in a crazed state of mind… some other versions to the one spread by mainstream media, and that actually swapped roles of executioner and victim, providing a possible explanation as a death because of self-defense, was in the opinion of this guy, a “justification of murder”… he was also outraged because I said the value of one loss with some circumstances isn’t the same of another loss in different circumstances, and that was supposedly a hate crime, so he told me he had reported me to the police right away, without even asking what I was actually meaning with my words.
I hope I never have this guy as a lawyer, because his procedure did jump over crime investigation, the pressumption of inocence and the fact that circumstances result in different kind of sentences taking into account every known fact not only about the events but even about the victim itself. You know, basic legal knowledge, which I happened to respect and he was blaming me for doing so, and not embracing the general histeria caused by the first version of the events (the man, having been assasinated for wearing suspenders colored as the spanish flag… the newer version had the victim bullying the supposed murderer and his friends, and attacking them with a knife as they were leaving the bar, tired of his attitude… the first version was told by a friend of the victim who had posed with him with a t-shirt featuring “Hail Hitler” in big capital letters).
In any country, this wouldn’t be a reason to be afraid of legal action. In Spain, precedents abound of “no cases” that has ended with people in jail, always in the same sense… someone politically on the left, criticizing anything from the extreme right. It does not matter it is a misunderstanding. If someone want to exploit it, to set a new example that forces people to extreme censorship when criticizing the extreme right, it’s done, and your life is ruined.
Even worse, the “gag law” (Ley de Seguridad Ciudadana / Law of Citizen Security) basically forbids taking any proof of foul game by the security forces, while at the same time warrants a pressumption of truth for any claim by them… making it illegal to use a photo, a video or a sound recording to prove your innocence once you’re accused of anything.
In Facebook and Twitter, this has resulted in a case of mass hysteria, with bloggers, and anonymous users being sued or even imprisoned because some comment. And the intention of the two parties likely to rule the country in the near future, is to even make this law tigher and stronger, as still some sentences end in absolution, which are promptlyt appealed by the state.
So, basically, on paper, we still have freedom of speech. But at the same time, the consequences of using it, could end your life as you know it.