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As governments seek to make photographing police a crime, our art puts them back in the frame & accountable for their actions

Democracia are a Spanish-based collective using art as a tool to make propaganda. Their exhibition, We Protect You From Yourselves, is currently at Biennale Warsaw, presented by a/political.

A draconian bill outlawing the dissemination of images of police officers will be debated in the French parliament next week. It follows similar moves in Spain and elsewhere. We must fight these new restrictions.
2020 has been a year of ever increasing state-sanctioned violence. In the UK the new Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill, currently being rushed through parliament, will allow undercover agents to commit ‘murder, torture and rape’ in the name of queen and country. From Madrid to London and Warsaw, our work asks what freedoms are stolen in the name of government control.

Under the pretext of public safety, in late 2014 the Spanish parliament passed the Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security. Despite strong opposition and condemnation, this new legislation revoked civil liberties including the right to peaceful assembly. As a direct consequence of these laws, we were prosecuted for 18 Portraits, a series of photographs of riot-police during the anti-austerity Rodea el Congreso rally in September 2012 in Madrid. We were handed a fine of €600,000 and risked three years in prison.

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