Monday, October 25

A score of entities reject the Alicante Ordinance against Begging

A man asks for help on Maisonnave avenue in Alicante, in a recent image.

A man asks for help on Maisonnave avenue in Alicante, in a recent image.

About twenty social entities have come together to reject the Ordinance against Begging and Prostitution of Alicante, now known as the Civic Coexistence Ordinance, which collects penalties of up to 3,000 euros. The groups demand that the local government withdraw the document to give it a “twist” that allows consensus with the organizations that work on the street with the people indicated by the ordinance.

Among the associations that sign the letter addressed to the Plenary of the Alicante City Council are ASTI Diocesan Secretariat of Migration, Obra Social-Hijas de la Caridad, CEAR Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid, International Solidarity PV, Doctors of the World, Platform against Poverty of Alicante and HOAC Alicante, among others.

Social entities warn that the document, promoted by the Alicante bipartisan (PP and Ciudadanos) and which will foreseeably be approved initially in the plenary session of November with the support of Vox, supposes “criminalizing the conduct to which many Sometimes those who try to survive in conditions of poverty, of exclusion are doomed ”. The text, sent this week to the Alicante City Council Registry, also criticizes that the “sanctions established against people who engage in prostitution lead them to do the same but in conditions of even greater risk for them.” The collectives regret, on the other hand, that the text promoted by the government led by Luis Barcala supposes, in practice, a mechanism to “increase the fragility” of both homeless people and prostitutes.

The signatories of the letter underline the conflict within the bipartisan, which on the one hand promotes the Social Inclusion Plan and on the other hand promotes an ordinance that, for social associations, points to the most vulnerable people in society. “The Alicante City Council has recently embarked on a collaboration that had opened the space for hope”, they reflect in the document sent to the Municipal Plenary in which they point out that “the horizon that was presented in that workbook for the Plan of Inclusion was that of a city of Alicante as an inclusive city, which would take care of all its inhabitants ». However, they regret that this omen has not ended by complying with the ordinance in process: «Still with our reservations and prudence, we were [con el Plan de Inclusión] when it was presented to us as a disruptive piece, a dislocation, the Civic Coexistence Ordinance, when the threat of a second wave of the disease caused by covid-19 looms and more socioeconomic effects derived from the attempt to contain it.

Everything points to the fact that the Civic Coexistence Ordinance, promoted by the bipartisan (PP and Cs), which has the support of Vox and the block rejection of the left, will be raised in full in November after answering the amendments presented by PSOE, United We Can and Compromís. After passing through the plenary session, a month of public exposure will be opened for the presentation of allegations, prior to the final approval sought by the local government.

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