December 20, 2014
Scioli declares security emergency in Buenos Aires province
"This is a fight to defend the most sacred, life," the governor of Buenos Aires province said and called “all political forces” to coordinate efforts in the battle against crime. Escorted by all of his cabinet ministers, Daniel Scioli held a press conference in the City of La Plata to declare a 12-month security emergency in Argentina’s most populated province.
“The emergency is the legal instrument we have to speed up the investments we need to do to face the kind of crime we are dealing with and the decisions we need to make,” Scioli told reporters and explained the anti-crime measures will involve an investment of 600 million pesos in security equipment through the Banco Provincia financing.
Among other measures, is the “immediate call” to retired agents from both the provincial police and penitentiary system to rejoin prevention actions aiming at a 5,000-member force.
The Scioli administration will be as well submiting several bills to the provincial legislature, such as a project to “limit prisoners’ release” in a process to be “oral and public" and another one that involves “effective prison terms” in cases of unauthorized weapon carrying.
The governor demanded MPs also a “quick treatment and sanction” of the bill that creates municipal police in the provincial districts.
Furthermore, the governor announced the creation of 8 agencies with a capacity to host 1,000 prisoners and 4 penitentiaries.
Queried about what drove his decision to decree the security emergency, Scioli mentioned Friday’s shooting in the provincial locality of Bernal. “There were 50 gunshots in Bernal that could have ended up in a tragedy,” he said.
Although he did not mention it but was probably also among his administration’s reasons to make today’s announcement are the lynching cases of alleged thieves in several provinces across the country, that have prompted deep social unrest and a strong debate among politicians over the past weeks.