The Minister of the Interior of the Generalitat, now in office, Miquel Samper, reported this Saturday that during the pandemic have been processed around 63,000 penalties in Catalonia by breach the legislation current against coronavirus, and that most of these sanctions were imposed by do not wear the mask.
In statements to the Via Lliure program of RAC1, the leader has detailed that approximately 10% of these fines were imposed for infringing the maximum number of people allowed in a group and the same percentage for concentrations of young people to make bottles. However, the high number of penalties contrasts with the percentage of those that have been paid by offenders, since so far only about 4,000 have been collected.
Sàmper explained that the operators of telephone 112 have received many calls for bottles that take place in the streets and squares and that it supposes, he has warned, “an incredible source of propagation”. And although he has rejected that he is demanding citizens to act as ‘balcony police’, he has claimed that behavior like this can be reported. “We are not asking people to denounce a meeting of eight people instead of the six (which are allowed), but we are talking about behaviors such as the ‘bottle’, with more than a hundred young people”.
The minister has admitted, regarding the controversy generated when talking about these complaints that, after hearing his statements again, “it is evident that they could be misinterpreted”: “Surely I did not express myself in the most correct way” when speaking of balcony police , It has been recognized.
The minister has also referred to the measures that the Government has put in place to stop the wave of infections, such as the closure of bars and restaurants. In addition to assessing that “the reaction of the world of restoration has been scrupulous respect”, it has been understanding with this sector by admitting that “what causes discomfort” among the professional community “and with all the reason in the world”, is that in Madrid, where there is a state of alarm, they have not closed, “and here we go one step ahead.”
“What causes discomfort and with all the reason in the world” is that in Madrid, where there is a state of alarm, they have not closed, “and here we go one step ahead”
In this sense, Sàmper has ruled out the possibility of applying more drastic measures against mobility such as the curfew state that they have approved in France: “We look at Europe, but the curfew has never been in the sights of our government.” The Minister of the Interior explained that they want to “see the results and the effectiveness of” this measure in France, although “neither in the Government nor in any meeting of the Procicat has spoken of this yet,” he insisted.
For now, the measures implemented in Catalonia believe that they will serve because the first data on the decrease in displacements reveal that this Friday the departure from Barcelona and the metropolitan area was reduced between 16% and 18%, and in general there has been a reduction in outbound traffic of 22%. Even so, it is not ruled out that the restrictions were extended beyond 15 days. “We would like it to be 15 days,” he added.