National: Protests on the rise against Law on Telecommunication

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In recent weeks, there has been observed an increase in social protests against the legislative proposals following the implementation of reforms in the telecommunications sector, as was approved last year.  The criticisms that have been presented, among others, argue that said proposals would violate the right to expression by fomenting censorship, transgress the right of users to privacy, and threaten net neutrality.

In the latest examples, on 26 April, there was organized a “human chain” as called for on social networks, intellectuals, and politicians (including Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and the PAN senator Javier Corral).  The chain began at the presidential residency in Los Pinos and marched to Televisa Chapultpec, thus covering approximately 8km.  7000 persons participated in this action.

On 22 April there was also held a march #AgainstSilenceMX in Mexico City, which was repressed.  The Front for Freedom of Expression and Social Protest condemned the police attacks which “consisted in excessive police deployments and formations, intimidation, direct attacks on protestors, and arbitrary arrests of those who were doing nothing illegal.”   They noted that “the new aggressions against representatives of media, activists, human-rights defenders, and representatives of the Commission of Human Rights of Mexico City are reasons for concern in this sense, given the attempt to repress the right to social protest.”  Media reported that five police from the Secretary for Public Security of Mexico City (SSPDF) were suspended for presumed abuse of authority upon attacking protestors and representatives of the Commission of Human Rights.

It should be mentioned that these types of protests have begun to spread to other states of the Republic.

For more information (in Spanish):

Suspenden a cinco policías del DF por agresión a manifestantes (Proceso, 27 de abril de 2014)

Se extienden protestas contra leyes en telecomunicaciones a los estados(La Jornada, 26 de abril de 2014)

Protestan por telecom frente al Senado; impiden a #CadenaHumana llegar a Los Pinos (Proceso, 26 de abril de 2014)

Comunicado conjunto: Frente por Libertad de Expresión y Protesta Social condena enérgicamente agresiones policiacas cometidas ayer en marcha(23 de abril de 2014)

Marchan jóvenes en defensa de Internet (La Jornada, 22 de abril de 2014)

Protesta contra ley de telecomunicaciones en la Ciudad de México(Fotogalería, CNN México, 22 de abril de 2014)

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