A few hours before the start of the session in the Senate to discuss the abortion legalization project, the City Government evaluates reinforce the security operation in the face of fear of incidents during the vigil around the Congress of the Nation.
The Buenos Aires authorities are studying increasing prevention measures, after a member of the “National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion” presented a resource to condition the custody of the City Police in the area of Congress, and that a celestial militant uttered a threat in a meeting with members of the City Government.
The appeal filed by a representative of the green handkerchiefs was similar to the habeas corpus presented by the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Nation before the session in the Chamber of Deputies, where hours later the legal interruption of the pregnancy was given half a sanction .
The precautionary measure presented by Agustina Vidales asked for the list of police personnel affected by the operation. It also demanded the prohibition of carrying firearms and gas guns, and that the troops “be regularly uniformed” and be “female personnel as far as possible.”
A vigil for the law of safe and free abortion is being prepared around Congress. Photo Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi
In addition, the measure implied that the chief of the City Police immediately inform the General Defender of the City of any arrest that occurred during the mobilization and that the detainees were referred to a single agency.
Another requirement: that “identified channels be established through which internal communications” of the force are developed during the operation.
The request entered the Contentious Administrative Court No. 22, where Judge María Rosa Cilurzo did not make room.
It was not the only episode that added concern in the City. In one of the meetings held by the authorities with representatives of the anti-abortion sector, the warning surprised that a celestial militant launched out loud, because up to that moment all the meetings had developed in a correct tone.
“If they pass the law, it rots, we will not allow it “, the activist threatened during one of the meetings that the authorities scheduled with celestial and green separately to agree on logistics issues, such as the access streets to the Congress area during the operation or the number of scenarios that would be mounted.
A fence has already been mounted on the Plaza de los dos Congresos to separate green and blue. Photo Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi
City sources explained to Clarion that this, added to the end of the year, generated in the previous one “a rarefied climate”, different from that of 2018 and also the one that surrounded the voting in Deputies a few weeks ago.
“It seems that there are hands that want to complicate all this. That is why we are on high alert and with extreme care at the peak of the vigil, which will be when the vote is taken, “added the same sources.
The session in the Senate will begin at 16:00. The voting is expected to take place in the early hours of Wednesday, which, according to the national government, will favor a quick and safe deconcentration.
The details of the operation were subject of discussion between Sabina Frederic, the Minister of National Security; Marcelo D’Alessandro, the City Security Secretary; María Luz Alonso, administrative secretary of the Senate and a trusted person of Cristina Kirchner; Diego Carbone, head of the custody of the vice president; and authorities of the Security forces.
Green militants outside Congress during the session of Deputies to treat abortion. Photo Rolando Andrade
Although from the City they proposed that the Nation take over the operation in the vicinity of Congress with the support of the Gendarmerie, the response of the national authorities was negative.
In this way, the Federal Police it will go inside the Legislative Palace and the entrances to the building. While, City Police will work from the fences towards the vicinity of the Congress.
After the meetings held by the authorities with representatives of the green scarves and the blue scarves, different areas were diagrammed for each sector, with an empty space between them delimited by fences.
The operation in principle is very similar to the one carried out for the session in Deputies, which was successful and in which there were only five arrests.