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LEADER NEWS BITES 20 APRIL 15

ROYAL GIFT
PONY-TAILED Pablo Iglesias shunned protocol to give King Felipe the complete ‘Game of Thrones’ series when they met for the first time on Wednesday. The king reacted graciously at the MEP meet-up in Brussels, grinning and admitting he had not yet seen the series. Podemos leader Iglesias reportedly gifted the violent series to him so he might ‘better understand the political crisis in Spain’. It was the king’s first visit as monarch to the European Parliament to greet the 54 Spanish MEPs, five of whom are Podemos politicians.

COCA COLA DECISION OVERTURNED
Spain’s Supreme Court said Wednesday it had upheld a lower court decision to void the layoffs of 1,190 workers at Coca-Cola Co.’s Spanish bottler, saying it infringed on workers’ right to strike as the bottler didn’t present workers with a detailed plan of its decision to close down some of its factories in 2014. The ruling follows a dispute ongoing for more than a year and means workers at four out of 11 bottling plants that were scheduled to close can return to their jobs with back salaries.

HATE CRIMES
Forty percent of the 1,285 hate crimes reported to police across Spain last year targeted gays and lesbians, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. there were a total of 513 hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation or sexual identity reported to police in 2014, a 13.5 percent increase over the previous year, the ministry said in a report. The vast majority of the victims, 72 percent, were women.

MONUMENT DESECRATED
On the threshold of the Armenian Genocide centennial, a medieval Armenian monument has been desecrated in Alicante. The local Armenian community has applied to authorities with a request to renovate the cross, find the criminals and hold them accountable who say they are taking measures to ensure security during all events the Armenian community organizes in April and to ensure that monuments are not damaged in the future.

PSOE GAFFE
The PSOE has apologised after accidentally voting in parliament for a proposal on abortion that his own party is against. Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez pressed the wrong button during the vote on whether to debate a law requiring minors to get parental permission before getting an abortion. “I deeply regret my error,” he said. The move, proposed by the governing Popular Party (PP), passed easily due to its parliamentary majority. Sanchez faced ridicule on social media for the gaffe. Some users drew comparisons with Homer Simpson, the US cartoon character who once avoided a nuclear meltdown by guessing which button to press in an emergency.

WAR ON TERRORISM
SPAIN’S foreign affairs minister has suggested setting up an international ‘terrorism tribunal’ in a bid to fight the spread of Jihad at the Euro-Arab summit meeting in Barcelona last week. José Manuel García-Margallo says this would be a completely separate entity from the existing International Criminal Court and would allow countries which have not yet signed up to the latter – such as China, the USA and Israel – to join forces in the war on terrorism.

MOBSTER HELD
One of Italy’s most wanted gangsters has been detained on the Costa del Sol in Spain while trying to withdraw money from a post office. Lucio Morrone, known as “Spalluzzella”, is described by Spain’s Guardia Civil as head of a dangerous clan in the Naples Camorra. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail for drug trafficking and on the run for five years, says Spain’s Civil Guard. Morrone was caught in a joint operation involving Spanish and Italian police.

VOTING WEBSITE
Website crypto problems on the Spanish online voting registration website are causing it to generate all manner of security warnings. Attempts to visit the sede.ine.gob.es site – run by Spain’s National Statistics Institute and introduced this year for municipal/regional elections –lead to users being confronted with a security warning. However, the warnings vary depending on the operating system and browser a surfer is using. A spokesman said that such website problems are sadly common.

CATHOLIC BASTION
More than half of Spaniards admit that they are either “not religious” or are “convinced atheists”, according to a new global study that shows the dramatic loss of faith in the traditionally Roman Catholic nation. In fact with one in five Spaniards insisting that they are “convinced atheists” Spain ranks fifth on the global list of adamant non-believers. The study surveyed 63,398 people in 65 countries in a bid to discover global religious trends. Once the bastion of Roman Catholicism, only 37 percent of those polled described themselves as “religious”.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
The Catalonian town of Navás has installed Spain’s first stolpersteine – stones commemorating victims of the Holocaust. The five stones were unveiled on Thursday afternoon in memory of five neighbours who died in Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp near the villages of Mauthausen and Gusen in Austria. The 10cm by 10cm stones include their details; names, date of birth and their place of death, as a way to commemorate their lives. The stolpersteine memorials were created by German artist Gunter Demnig

WHAT TRANSPARENCY?
Spain ranks in the bottom four when it comes to regulating the “hidden influence” of lobbyists in government, according to a report on European countries released by Transparency International on Wednesday. Spain was ranked 16th out of the 19 countries surveyed – with only Italy, Cyprus and Hungary faring worse – with an overall score of 21 percent for being able to safeguard against undue influence from lobbyists.

HEADING TO SPAIN
BRITISH pensioners are cashing in and heading abroad to make the most of new pension reforms. Buying a holiday home abroad – particularly in Spain – has been identified as ‘one of the main investments’ made by pensioners withdrawing large sums from their savings. Reforms introduced by UK chancellor George Osborne allow people unlimited withdrawals from their pensions after age 55. And while most people are not seeking an immediate payout it seems those that do are spending it overseas.

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POLICE ACTIVATE OPERATION ‘SUMMER 2014’ IN TOURISM HOT SPOTS

The goal is to increase safety in tourist destinations

The Director-General of the Spanish National Police Force met in Granada this week with stakeholders from public and private institutions involved in the tourism industry and local authority representatives in order to discuss implementation of the Safe Tourism Plan as related to the Spanish National Police Force and to inform them that a special operation has been launched for the summer season.

Nearly 11,800 officers from Citizen Safety units of the Spanish National Police Force are taking part in the so-called Operation “Summer 2014” – in tourism hot spots throughout Spain. This special deployment of officers will be active until 31 August in Andalusia, Asturias, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia and the Region of Valencia, and will be extended until 30 September in the Balearic Islands.

The goal is to increase safety in tourist destinations, offer a faster and more effective response to people visiting Spain and convey a greater sense of safety to both foreign and domestic tourists enjoying a holiday in Spain. This special deployment will increase the police presence in those cities most popular with tourists, at railway stations, sea ports and airports, and in those areas specified in the Safe Tourism Plan of the Spanish State Secretariat of Security.

60 million tourists for a safe destination

Spain is one of the safest tourist destinations in the world. More than 60 million inbound tourists visited Spain last year and 139 million tourist movements were recorded by Spanish citizens during the holiday periods. One of the strategic objectives for the Directorate-General of the Spanish National Police Force is to protect the tourism sector and remain in permanent contact with tourism, hotel & catering and trade representatives. One such meeting took place this week in order to hear the demands and requirements from this sector in terms of security and crime prevention.

Over 80% of the crimes reported by those tourists visiting Spain in the first four months, are thefts. Some of these crimes could have been avoided by following the safety guidelines included in the 250,000 leaflets distributed by the Directorate-General of the Spanish National Police Force in 10 languages. These leaflets are widely distributed during the summer season. Furthermore, some 5,000 posters will be distributed to hotels, tourist offices, catering establishments and tourist arrival points, displaying advice and useful telephone numbers in the event of becoming a victim of crime.

The Spanish National Police Force also operates a service whereby foreign tourists can report a crime by telephone. Via 902 102 112, officers from the Spanish National Police Force answer calls from foreign citizens and provide them with information, offer helpful assistance or take note of an official crime report. This comprehensive service is provided in English, French, German and Italian. The service received more than 13,000 calls in the first four months of 2014, of which 8,440 concluded in official crime reports.

The Spanish National Police Force is also present at seven Foreign Tourist Assistance Service Offices (Spanish acronym: SATE), alongside the respective local councils and other institutions. The Spanish National Police Force also helps tourists from the Foreign Tourist Assistance Service Offices in Malaga, Marbella, Benalmadena, Benidorm, Manacor, Gandia and Madrid. This quality service is highly valued by tourists and other institutions, such as the Foreign Tourist Assistance Service in Benidorm, which this year received recognition for the quality and excellence of its service from the British Embassy and the City Council. The seven Foreign Tourist Assistance Services operated by officers from the Spanish National Police Force helped over 3,200 people between January and April 2014.

Advice for enjoying a safe summer

Over the course of the summer period, the Spanish National Police Force will be underlining a series of safety guidelines for enjoying a safe summer via its profiles on the social networks.

1. Watch over your valuables at typically summer venues and occasions (festivals, large-scale events, beaches, terraces, beach bars, etc.) to ensure they are not stolen by opportunists or pick-pockets. Install a tracking app on your smartphone in case it disappears.

2. Ensure that any concert, festival or event you attend complies with all compulsory safety measures. Avoid risks at any large-scale event and call 112 if you become aware of an emergency situation.

3. Only swim in authorised areas. Follow the rules and instructions given by lifeguards. Take care in the water… and don’t be too trusting with your belongings!

4. When in swimming areas with small children, watch them very carefully and set strict rules on going near the water. Make sure to tell older children who know how to swim that they should not be over-confident and that they should always follow the rules and basic safety guidelines.

5. The consumption of alcohol on the street is prohibited (except in certain very specific situations) and may lead to significant fines. Excessive alcohol consumption can damage your health. For your own safety and the safety of others, never drive if you have been drinking alcohol. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offence.

6. Stay away from drugs. They are harmful to your health in the short term and can kill in the long term. If you see signs of drug trafficking, report it to us at antidroga@policia.es with full anonymity and confidentiality.

7. We all like to take – and share via the social networks – pretty or impressive photographs. However, never jeopardise anyone’s safety (neither photographer nor subject) or break the rules. Before sharing your photographs on the social networks, instant messaging services or email, ensure that they respect others and will not cause harm to anyone either at the time or in the future.

8. The purchase of items away from regulated establishments means you will be beyond the scope of health & hygiene controls with no consumer rights. You will also be putting yourself at risk of fraud and forgery. Take extreme care with all food, drink, medicine and cosmetic products and all products that could affect your health.

9. If you intend to enjoy risky sports and/or recreational activities, make sure to inform yourself of the rules to be followed, the safety and basic prevention measures to be applied, that the activity in question has been authorised and the steps to take in the event of an emergency. There is no excuse for the absence of helmets or other protection.

10. When attending an outdoor gathering, do not make a barbecue or build a fire in unauthorised camping areas and take extreme caution when doing so at home.

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