In Spain, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlasca has estimated that there are about 60 complaints of punctures, mostly women. Of these, two weeks come from Euskadi. Here, Ertzaintza decided to classify these cases as offenses of aggravated hate speech, according to Erne’s police union after receiving information from El Correo. Communications service Ertzaintza chose not to comment, but sources consulted indicate that the instruction has already been sent to all Basque police stations.
In Spain, the Criminal Code includes in its Article 22, retouched in July of the same month, that an aggravating circumstance can be established for any criminal act if the acts stem from “racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Gypsy motives or other reasons.” types of discrimination related to the ideology, religion or beliefs of the victim, the ethnic group, race or nation to which they belong, their sex, age, sexual or gender orientation or identity, gender characteristics, aporophobia or social isolation, the disease they suffer from or their disability, whether or not such conditions or circumstances are in fact the same as the person subject to such conduct.” The final examination of crimes is in any case not determined by the police, who simply file an application with the competent judicial authority.
This change will in any case apply to the most recent cases, as the first complaints have already been filed. The Basque Security Department has been focusing on combating hate crimes for some time and, in fact, has also stated that it is investigating as such threats against the son of Basque NP President Carlos Iturgais, named Mikel. and who denounced harassment at the Romo festivities in the Biscay town of Getxo. Moreover, in April, when presenting the 2021 balance sheet, Vice President and Security Advisor Josu Erkoreka called the strong statistical growth “good news.” “This is not due to a real increase, but to the greater efficiency of the police in their registration. Raising public awareness and better training of the Ertsain help to reduce the hidden figure,” he said in parliament.
Regarding punctures, Ertzaintza head Josu Bujanda said this week that they are continuing to investigate complaints from the base that there is a huge lack of knowledge about the phenomenon. There are no identified aggressors, and there is no evidence that, as a result of the injections, the victims were inoculated with poisonous substances for possible chemical exposure. Bujanda suggested that they were still not made with syringes, but with pins or other objects. Be that as it may, this is an attack on physical integrity and will be aggravated by the condition of the women victims.
The regional police, in agreement with the local, assures that they have increased their vigilance for these possible cases in the festivities, both with power and civilian patrols (which have always existed, especially at festive sites). These days, mass celebrations of La Blanca are celebrated in Vitoria and on the Celedon slope, which brings together more than 50,000 people in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca and its surroundings. According to the mayor, three cases were registered by minors. city of Gorka Urtaran. About two weeks are known with these cases and the case in Oyarcun in the Basque Country, although Erzainza prefers to wait until the festivities in Vitoria are over in order to update the balance if no notable events occur.
The Erne trade union, which has the largest presence in Ertzaintza and has confirmed the information, assured that the goal of any police action should be to “bring all complaints to justice”. And he emphasizes that “apart from how the police classify it,” it will be up to judges and courts to “determine the type of crime.” What Ern really denounces is that the Basque police need a “full staff” to work with reinforcements at the parties, as Vitória will be followed by Donostia and Bilbao in addition to dozens of cities. “Now more than 700 Erzain are missing,” says Sergio Gomez de Segura, his general secretary. These victims are noted “both in the collection of complaints and their subsequent investigation” in addition to fewer patrols on the street.
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