The dissemination of the launch of a Molotov cocktail to the local in April ends with a fine of 2,400 euros for capturing “excessively” on public roads and not having a poster; the party sees a “strict” criterion, records only interior images and asks to arrest the author of the attack
The broadcast of images of the attack on its headquarters in Cartagena on April 2, which included the launch of a Molotov cocktail, has become like a boomerang against Podemos. At least for now. While the party continues to demand that the Police arrest the perpetrator or perpetrators of the “attack” on its facilities, and regrets that there are no expectations of arrests this summer, it has had to pay a fine for a double violation of the protection regulations of data in capturing scenes.
Specifically, Podemos has paid 2,400 euros for two sanctions imposed by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD): one “for the installation of a video surveillance system that could record excessively on public roads” and another “for lacking the system of approved poster ». The total amount was 4,000 euros (3,000 for the first offense and 1,000 for the second), but Podemos benefited from a reduction for the voluntary payment.
A few days after the incident that occurred at the premises of Pablo Iglesias’ party, the Agency received a complaint about possible “irregularities in the video surveillance system”, given that the public space was captured “excessively without just cause.” This is stated in a recent resolution of the aforementioned public body, according to which «on 05/23/21 a reply was received from the complained party stating that the cameras are real, being installed by the company Seguritas Direct, in charge of viewing the images in if necessary. The political formation also provided a “photograph of the poster in the access area, where the company that installed the system is indicated: Securitas Direct”; and pointed out that “there are no monitors” and that “the images are only reviewed if there are any incidents, by the APP”, referring to the Agency.
The state entity in charge of protection viewed “the videos published by Podemos Cartagena on the occasion of the events that occurred on April 2” and verified “that video surveillance cameras capture images from outside: car license plates …”. And, in its resolution on the sanctioning file, it remembers that “individuals are responsible for ensuring that the installed systems comply with current legislation, proving that it complies with all the requirements demanded by the regulations in force”. Among other things, “the cameras must be oriented towards the particular space, avoiding intimidation of neighboring neighbors with this type of device, as well as controlling areas of transit without just cause”. Likewise, “neither with this type of device can images of public space be obtained, as this is the exclusive competence of the State Security Forces and Bodies”, recalls the AEPD.
For all these reasons, the Agency rejected Podemos’s allegations. It concluded that “the defendant has an incorrectly marked video surveillance camera system, the allegations of which are deemed insufficient in relation to the capture of the outer space that affects the transit area”; and, after establishing the sanctions, he indicated that all this is done “without prejudice” to the fact that the party had to “regularize” the situation, proving such an extreme before this Agency in legal form.
Sources from Podemos Cartagena explained that, in addition to paying the fines, they removed the cameras that were guarding the public thoroughfare and only recorded the interior of the premises. In the formation it considers that these are minor anomalies, since the images are only reviewed in case of incidents and not by the party. In addition, they asked to focus on the assault suffered four months ago.
Sánchez Serna regrets that there are no arrests
Speaking to Onda Regional, the national deputy and regional coordinator of Podemos in the Region of Murcia, Javier Sánchez Serna, regretted that there have still been no arrests related to the assault. «We have spoken several times, and I personally, with the Government delegate [José Vélez], to ask how the investigations were progressing. And he has always tried to convey to me the idea that they were advancing, that there were suspects. Of course, of all this that they told me there is not a single detainee. And it does not seem that there will be this summer, as far as we know, “said Sánchez Serna, whose formation is part of the central Executive together with the PSOE.
«At Podemos we comply with all laws, including the LPD [Ley de Protección de Datos]. After the complaint of a person for whom it is maintained that the Podemos Cartagena headquarters were partially breached, and according to a strict criterion of this law, due to the installation of security cameras, we pay, as it should be, “he said. to THE TRUTH the councilor, spokesperson for Podemos in the municipality, Leli García.
“What worries us is that after several months we have no news of any kind of the police investigation” into the launch of the Molotov cocktail and the graffiti made in April, added the mayor. And he added: «These events must not go unpunished. It is not the attack on a specific party headquarters, it is an attack on democracy. Political diversity has to be guaranteed, and for that we trust the State Security Forces and Corps and Justice.
García also wanted to point out that “at the headquarters of our party we will continue with all the security guarantees that the Law allows doing our work, which is none other than helping and collaborating with ordinary people.” And he assured that “during the last year we are doing a completely voluntary work, thanks to the collaboration of our militants, an extraordinary work to help request the Vitgal Minimum Income (IMV) and giving information on Pensions.”