Sunday, September 26

Uruguay debates the law to regulate the right of assembly due to covid-19

The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, during a press conference in Montevideo (Uruguay).

The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, during a press conference in Montevideo (Uruguay).

The House of Representatives of Uruguay began this Friday in an extraordinary session the debate of the bill presented by the Executive of Luis Lacalle Pou, previously approved in the Senate, which regulate the right of assembly due to the increase in cases of the covid-19.

The bill, approved in the Upper House after an extensive 7-hour debate with 18 votes out of a total of 31, passed to the Deputies for final approval, since, although a long session is expected to end at dawn, it will not be expect surprise, because the ruling party has 56 out of 99 votes.

The regulations limit the right of assembly, reflected in article 38 of the Constitution, for 60 days -extendable for 30 more-, when there are “crowds of people that generate a notorious health risk”.

This law was supported by the legislators that make up the Government coalition with a presence in the Upper House: National Party (PN, center-right), Colorado Party (PC, center-right) and Open Council (CA, right). The Frente Amplio (FA-left) presented an alternative text that was not approved.

During the debate in the Lower House, which began at 7.15pm local time (22.15 GMT), the PN deputy Rodrigo Goñi opened the session and said that this pandemic put everyone to the test and that, 9 months later, he continues to do so.

On the measures of this project, which focus on prohibit agglomerations with sanitary risk and prevent -from December 21 to January 10- the entry of Uruguayans and residents to the countryGoñi stressed that this does not seek to limit rights but to protect others.

“We do not try to avoid all kinds of agglomerations but those groups of people who, by not keeping the corresponding preventive health measures, risk the spread of the virus,” he said.

For his part, the deputy of the PC Ope Pasquet considered that the limitation that this regulation puts “is minimal” because it will only proceed in those situations with health risk. “Does anyone say that this is the magic wand that solves all problems? Of course not, we say that it is a necessary measure because when many people gather on public roads in different places, there may be a source of contagion and it is It is necessary to put a stop to this type of behavior, “he said.

Meanwhile, FA deputy Gerardo Núñez affirmed that the opposition group will oppose the project and pointed against the lack of complementary measures – such as a basic income – that motivate people to protect themselves. “This project appears to be the great solution but it is not and it is not going to be, for there to really be a fight against the pandemic there must be a call for collective responsibility, to try to deal with this situation that is going through us in the best possible way. and we are concerned, “he stressed.

After nine months of health emergency, Uruguay is experiencing its “first wave”. Since March 13, when the first four covid-19 positives appeared, Uruguay has registered 11,950 infected people (4,142 of them active) and 109 deaths.

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