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Police have arrested over 16,000 people due to the state of emergency and calamity

The police detained 15,658 citizens during the state of emergency due to covid-19, between 27 March and 25 May, and 918 people in the current situation of public calamity, the Minister of the Interior informed this Monday.


Eugénio Laborinho presented the numbers when he was speaking at the ceremony marking the 41st anniversary of the Ministry of the Interior, pointing out that 87,759 personnel were employed in the state of emergency, including 77,278 from the National Police.

The governor congratulated and encouraged all the staff "for their commitment", despite the "incidents recorded".

"In general, the defence and security forces effectively guaranteed the execution of the exception measures, during the period of the state of emergency, resulting in the arrest of 15,658 citizens, the seizure of 10,429 vehicles, 20,445 motorcycles and 184 firearms of various calibres," said Eugénio Laborinho.

According to the Minister, during the same period, 1606 citizens were summarily tried, 10,762 commercial establishments, 8013 informal markets and 2749 formal markets were closed.

The holder of the Interior portfolio advanced that, during the current situation of public calamity, between 13 and 20 June, there are 27,199 personnel of the organs of defense and security on the ground, with 33,817 actions of awareness, 9914 ostensible policing of persuasion, 2888 traffic barriers and 1914 dispersions of agglomerations for non-compliance with biosecurity measures, which resulted in the arrest of 918 citizens.

The minister stressed that the forces will continue their operational tactical actions focused on compliance with the measures decreed for the disaster situation and fighting crime throughout the country.

The actions of the police during the various stages of compliance with measures to prevent and combat the covid-19 pandemic have been criticized by civil society due to the excessive use of force, taking into account the various incidents involving police and citizens, which resulted in at least five deaths, according to the count made by Lusa.

Eugénio Laborinho stressed that the staff of the Interior Ministry "have always consented to many sacrifices for the superior interest of the nation and the satisfaction of collective needs.

"Sacrifices that have led many of our trench fellow countrymen to lose their lives in the fulfillment of the mission, so we take advantage of this moment to honor their achievements," he said.

According to the minister, in the last three years there have been 129 incidents, in which police personnel have been victims of gunfire, resulting in 37 deaths and 92 injured.


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