Impact | Negative

    Probability | High

    Rating CIVICUS | Narrowed

    On January 13, the Senate passed a bill that seeks to include in the Criminal Code activities that compromise freedom of public movement through violent and intimidating means, and that sets out penalties for looting. The initiative is part of a package of bills promoted by the government intended to strengthen penalties for crimes against public order. The bill, which has already been passed in the Chamber of Deputies, underwent several modifications during the debate at the Senate. Among them, the incorporation of a new article that establishes a “minimum prison term” for individuals who, without authorization, completely block off the free circulation of people or vehicles in public settings through the use of violence, intimidation or physical obstacles. Due to the amendments introduced to the bill, the Chamber of Deputies must discuss it again in order for the initiative to be passed.


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