The fines of the state of alarm are already close to a million when the protests on the street multiply

This last weekend is the one that shows the lowest number since the state of alarm was activated after the Council of Ministers on March 14: 116 detainees and 22,022 sanction proposals adding up on Saturday and Sunday by the set of police forces , including regional and local police.

It coincides with the moment in which confinement is progressively alleviated in the de-escalation phase and, on the other hand, street protests multiply, both the protests against the Government for its management of the health crisis and others such as those of support platforms for ETA prisoners.

The days with the highest number of detainees and sanctions in Spain as a whole correspond to the 'hibernation' of the economy and Easter, when the greatest restrictions on mobility were activated. The weekend of Holy Saturday and Sunday - April 11 and 12 - 441 arrests and almost 50,000 sanction proposals were registered.

The Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has defended this policy of sanctions for the "minority" of citizens - some repeat offenders, although the statistics do not specify how many there are - who breach the restrictions of the state of alarm, despite criticism of some parties that see it disproportionate.

In a little over two months, more sanction proposals have been raised than since the Law 4/2015 on Protection of Citizen Security, known as the 'gag law', is in force. If compared to 2018, the last year with consolidated data on the Interior crime portal, the data is quadrupled.


According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, until May 17, who has processed the most sanctions in application of the Citizen Security Law, known as the 'gag law', are the local police: 362,247. They are followed by the Civil Guard with 284,656 and the National Police, with 265,440 records.

Only in Madrid, the Municipal Police filed a total of 2,004 sanction proposals this Sunday for failing to comply with the state of alarm, making it the second day with the most fines since the start of the state of alarm, only after April 8, Holy Wednesday , with 2,131, when a control campaign was launched to prevent undue displacement at Easter. The most defaulting districts were once again Puente de Vallecas, followed by Villaverde and Usera.

The National Police, with 3,728, is the one who has carried out the most arrests, followed by local police with 2,490, and then the Civil Guard, with 1,219 arrests.

The Mossos d'Esquadra have processed 68,374 sanction proposals and arrested 537 people and the Ertzaintza, for its part, has proposed 12,023 fines and arrested 315 people in compliance with the royal decree of the state of alarm. The Provincial Police of Navarra has processed 2,682 fines - with 26 detainees - and the Canary Islands, 809 - one detainee.

The number of detainees decreased significantly with the start of phase 0 of the de-escalation, when walks and outings to practice sports by time slots were allowed from May 4. The most arrests were carried out during the economy's "hibernation" and Easter, with more than 200 detainees a day - 232 on Holy Saturday, April 11.

The number of fines is also reduced with respect to the two weeks of 'hibernation' and Easter, with an average this last week of around 10,500 sanctions raised to government delegations for their subsequent notification of a fine, in case of understanding part of the instructing body that proceeds its processing.


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