The first day of the year started with a unprecedented security operation for Pinamar. At night, a cordon of policemen stationed in a row facing the sea was arranged, while another group of Buenos Aires agents closed a beach inn and another evicted a clandestine party in a drive-in movie theater. During the day, there were patrols in the street and between lounge chairs to prevent or disperse adolescent gatherings.
“We had warned them that if they did not withdraw, we were going to have to proceed to seize the refrigerators and other materials,” says an official who sweat behind the mask and the black uniform. It is the second time that this Friday the 1st that they approach the closest public entrance to the Parador Boutique, where until just a few minutes ago around 200 boys between 14 and 18 years old danced. Two of them rush to carry the speaker to hide it among the dunes, while the troops ask the others to move away.
Matías (15) says that it is already the third day that the dance is armed in the afternoon, a relief in the middle of summer with the clubs disabled by health protocols. “We missed the party,” he says. Around it, none wear masks and several drink alcohol in plastic cups.
But this time someone on the beach is calling the police to report the violation of the coronavirus protocols. At 6.30 pm, the policemen approach for the third time and take the speaker away.
Black uniforms under the sun on the beach in Pinamar, where Operation Sol is carried out with about 900 policemen. Photo: Andrés D’Elia.
This year, the provincial government reinforced the Sol 2020/2021 operation to guarantee not only safety but also respect for the prevention regulations of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, the rumor of a possible closure of the main tourist municipalities, such as the Partido de la Costa, Villa Gesell and Pinamar, where in the last month the daily positives practically tripled. Passed from 64 on December 1 to 180 on December 31: almost triple.
Police sources informed Clarín that in this last game, led by the mayor of Cambiemos Martín Yeza, a total of 900 police officers are involved from the province. Among them, there are 150 agents from the Pinamar police stations, 150 members of the Special Operations Forces (FOE) groups, and personnel from the Siniestral Police, Cavalry and Infantry. 8 motorcycles and 5 quadricycles are used.
The Buenos Aires police tour the beaches to prevent clandestine parties. Photo: Andrés D’Elia.
The operation in Pinamar began at 22 on Thursday 31, with tours of restaurants and bars They offered New Year’s Eve dinners, where they found no irregularities. A police cordon of about One hundred agents were formed on Avenida Del Mar and Bunge, the typical place of celebration in the town, to prevent the entry of young people to the beach.
On the Buenos Aires coast, entertainment activity is disabled in the framework of the pandemic. There was a decree that would have allowed the realization of parties of more than 200 people, as an exception for the end of the year, but Governor Axel Kicillof decided not to regulate it to prevent outbreaks of contagion during the summer.
With advance tickets of 4 thousand pesos, the Ufo Point parador, which used to offer end-of-year parties, this time opted for a table service -bar type- to open to young people after 12 noon. closed after 2 in the morning, for allowing entry after hours.
A police from Buenos Aires patrols a beach in Pinamar. Photo: Andrés D’Elia.
The boys and girls moved with refrigerators to the beach to continue the party, but also they were scattered. Many went to the Red Bar, located in Bunge and Intermédanos, in front of the Pinamar Drive-in cinema.
The bar sold drinks and the party was armed with speakers in the parking lot of the second premises. The police ended up evicting everyone and the bar owner received two contraventional acts, the last one at 6 in the morning, sources informed Clarion.
The 4x4s passed early with music at full volume along Avenida del Mar. Another of the clandestine party spots in the arena, in the area of the La Deriva parador, 9 kilometers from there, according to local sources reported to this newspaper. Meanwhile, there were practically no blocks in the city where there were no parties in houses or apartments.
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