BRITISH MAN ARRESTED FOR BLOGGING ABOUT GIBRALTAR BORDER CHECK POLICE – A British national has been arrest in Madrid after publishing a blog post on the Gibraltar bordering crossing that refers to police as ‘torturers’.
Emilio Esteban, a British national, attacked the border checks in and out of Gibraltar by publishing a blog post that Spanish authorities say was ‘an intolerable attack on security forces and the rule of law.
In the blog post titled ‘Here are The Faces of Spanish Border TORTURERS; he included a triad of abuse towards the Spanish police labeling them ‘criminals’ and torturers of innocent tourists and residents of Gibraltar.
Mr. Esteban also posted a number of photographs of the police in action at the border crossing which is causing huge delays in traveling to and from Gibraltar; an act that British Prime Minister has labeled as illegal due to the EU Right of Free Movement legislation.
The border check is perceived to have been setup in retaliation over the artificial reef that was built in Gibraltar that stops Spanish fishing trawlers from casting their nets in the area. However, Spanish authorities have responded by stating that the border crossing is to reduce the growing drug smuggling trade.
According to reports Mr Esteban has entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ and some feel there are issues here whether his arrest isn’t simply politically motivated and that it breaches freedom of expression laws.
The border checks have been in place since July 2013 and have caused havoc with motorists coming and going from Gibraltar. Spanish authorities also imposed a €50 charge each way to cross the border; again an act that the European Parliament has said breaks EU laws.
Mr. Esteban’s blog post centers on the torture travelers and tourists have to endure due to having to queue for hours in the height of the Spanish summer where temperatures have risen to over 35C.
Border police have reported a number of clashes with travelers and tourist after tempers flared in the heat. Police reported that members of the public have thrown a number of missiles at them including stones, rocks and sticks and have even resulted in actual physical and verbal abuse.
In another incident Spain’s Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, has offered his support to Argentina in order to force Britain to hand over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands back to Argentina. Mr. Diaz believes that both Spain and Argentina are subject to British colonization and that they should be freed from such oppression.