Minister of Internal Administration ensures that pandemic has strengthened the country’s “security image” – Society

Opposition parties considered this Wednesday that the low crime rate recorded in 2020 is related to confinement, but the minister of Internal Affairs assured that the pandemic reinforced the “security image” of the country.

“Portugal is a safe country and in a pandemic it has reinforced this image of security,” said Eduardo Cabrita during the debate in the Assembly of the Republic on the 2020 Annual Report on Internal Security (RASI), which reports the “lowest rates” of crime since 1989.

According to RASI, violent and serious crime recorded a decrease of 13.4% last year compared to 2019, while general crime decreased by 11%.

The minister stressed that it is in this context that the outstanding work of the security forces should be “highlighted”, noting that the 2020 RASI demonstrates “a trend” that has been observed for five years.

During the debate, PSD deputy Duarte Marques referred that “since 2007, Portugal has been lowering crime”.

“The fact that Portugal continues to be a safe country does not mean that the minister or government deserves a medal”, he stressed, recalling that in 2020 the country was in confinement due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Duarte Marques stated that “the Government’s triumphalism of low crime and road safety does not make any sense”, considering it to be “ridiculous” since these data coincide with the confinement.

The PSD deputy also expressed concern about the crimes of domestic violence and cybercrime, in addition to drawing attention to the “failure” of the Government in implementing the law on programming infrastructure and equipment for the security forces and services, which remained us 50% in 2020.

PAN deputy Nelson Silva also warned that the RASI must “be read with the utmost caution”, bearing in mind that “last year was lived almost entirely pending a global pandemic crisis that imposed the all Portuguese a life in contingency and confinement”.

“Therefore, it becomes clear that when one glorifies that violent crime has decreased by almost 13% and road accidents have dropped by 20%, it is impossible to dissociate from what was a year of quarantines and a huge reduction in the traffic of people,” Nelson Silva said, stressing that the report “does not reflect reality” in relation to “the apparent reduction in the crime of domestic violence” and in matters of corruption.

CDS/PP deputy Telmo Correia accused the Government of propaganda by not linking the RASI numbers with the pandemic.

“What it was expected to do in the RASI presentation was a serious, rigorous and advertising-free exercise. We have already realized that it is not capable,” he said, stressing that the report’s “first reality” is its relationship with the pandemic, such as the “obvious increase in the crime of disobedience” and the fraud with computer means.

Left Bloc deputy José Manuel Pureza considered that “it is good to have a report that presents low levels of violent and serious crime”, but maintained that, despite the report having “reasons to look with some pleasure at the Portuguese reality”, one should not make “a reading, more or less epic, that this is a result achieved thanks to decisive political intervention in this matter”.

“Low crime has everything to do with confinement,” he stressed, expressing concern about the crimes of domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as the growth of extreme right-wing radical movements.

PCP deputy António Filipe referred that the 2020 RASI “is very marked by the pandemic”, being “obvious that this situation results in the reduction of some types of crimes and increases in others”, such as computer violence and information scams.,

António Filipe highlighted the “great demand of the elements of the security forces”, which in a “competent and dedicated manner” have responded, being essential that a “decent risk subsidy” be awarded.

The deputy of Chega André Ventura considered “disgraceful the risk subsidy” that the Government wants to give to the policemen and stressed that there are “crimes that could never increase when the whole country was in confinement”.

Socialist deputy Susana Amador stated that “the pandemic and confinement do not explain the numbers”, with the Government not being propaganda.

At the end of the debate, Eduardo Cabrita also said that “the right lives badly with these results” and that he “is ashamed of the good results of the country and of the security forces”, stressing that in some countries the pandemic “has not translated into a calming of the conflict”.

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