AUGC has been requesting for years a protocol of protection against the arrival of irregular immigration to our coasts, especially of boats coming from Algeria.
At the time, there was a risk of contagion from infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, etc.
those that have increased with the arrival of the coronavirus.Last Monday a boat with 10 Algerian immigrants arrived at the beach of La Carolina in Águilas who were intercepted by several patrols of the Civil Guard and the Local Police.
Subsequently, they were treated by the Red Cross and transferred to the Civil Guard offices in Águilas for the instruction of the corresponding file and its transfer to the National Police Commissioner in Lorca, competent in matters of Immigration.So far it is one more action of the hundreds that are carried out annually against irregular immigration, but in this case one of the immigrants has been positive in the PCR test for the detection of COVID-19.
The reaction of the intervening police bodies has been very disparate, while the three Local Police officers and the twenty National Police remain in quarantine in their homes waiting for the PCR test to be carried out, in the Civil Guard NO TAKEN ANYTHING SANITARY MEASURE and the agents who intervened continue to work normally.COVID-19 PROTOCOL INEFFICIENCY IN IRREGULAR IMMIGRATION.
-At first, on foot of the beach, several patrols of the Civil Guard intervened, which transferred the immigrants to the Aguila barracks, where, due to the NON-EXISTENCE of DEPENDENCIES FOR IMMIGRANTS, they were held between the dungeons and a vehicle wash, remaining in custody several agents.
Other civil guards instructed the file, collected immigrants to sign them inside the offices, and were finally transferred to the Police Station in the afternoon.The intervening civil guards could only use gloves and protective masks in the absence of EPIS complete with disposable overalls and protective glasses, quite the opposite of the Red Cross, which were fully equipped.While the National Police have learned that they have taken the preventive measure of quarantining more than 20 agents and in the Local Police 3 agents, in the Civil Guard the 15 acting agents (2 sergeants and 13 civil guards) continue in their positions with their usual tasks, which among other issues consists of attending to citizens.
We emphasize that this focus, if it is not conveniently stopped, could even affect the citizens who attend the Civil Guard daily or who are controlled on public roads by any of the possible victims.
At AUGC we demand that urgent measures be adoptedFirst, that the 15 agents who maintained contact with immigrants immediately go into the home quarantine situation pending the PCR diagnostic test and not the blood diagnostic test that is carried out by the Service.
Civil Guard doctor.Secondly, that the TOTALITY of the official dependencies and common areas (laundry room, patio, parking lots) of the Eagles Barracks be disinfected, since the immigrants had high mobility inside.Third, that the provision of complete EPIS (disposable overalls, gloves, face masks, goggles, etc.) be carried out in sufficient numbers for all agents and vehicles in sufficient quantity to deal with the wave of irregular immigration that has begun.
via Algeria and that will surely continue during the summer.Fourth, the construction of specific units for irregular immigration, where administrative procedures are guarded and carried out, limiting any risk, a dependency that other barracks like Cabo de Palos already possess.
Until its construction, an adequate area with the appropriate protection measures is designated, which could well be those of the Red Cross that are close to the Civil Guard in Águilas.Lastly and definitively the adoption of a specific protocol of COVID-19 against irregular immigration that compulsorily complies with the means, vehicles, and necessary dependencies.
And of course in suspicious cases, the immediate adoption of quarantine and PCR tests to all the civil guards in close contact with immigrants.
This serious situation not only affects the health of the civil guards and their families, but also that of all the aquilines who in one way or another could be affected
Source: AUGC / Foto: archivo