The Valencia City Council will sanction with up to 3,000 euros anyone who sexually harasses women on the street, as articulated in the draft of the new Ordinance on Coexistence and Citizenship. The same sanction will be imposed on whoever summons bottles, and fines of up to 750 to people who gather in the street to drink and cause inconvenience and problems of coexistence.
The Councilor for Citizen Protection, Aarón Cano, presented the document this Thursday, which also includes sanctions for those who do graffiti and urinate on public roads (up to 750 euros), and has argued that it intends to be “preventive and punitive but also educational” .
The new rule, which wants to “generate more security spaces that guarantee rights and freedoms”, has been “costly” to develop, has had contributions from different associations and entities and wants to “deal with situations that are not crimes or misdemeanors” but they are his “anteroom”, he has indicated.
It wants to be, he added, “useful and not just a declaration of intent” and has valued that it establishes mediation as a conflict resolution mechanism (Chapter 9), an effective tool during the pandemic, since it has solved between 70 and 80 % of conflicts before the judicial phase.
Cano explained that a coexistence table will be created in which, in addition to the Federation of Hospitality, the Union of Consumers and the Valencian Neighborhood Association, which have made their contributions to the text, other groups will integrate it to “help detect risk situations in coexistence or problems that already exist “.
The ordinance includes the creation of information campaigns “to help educate and sensitize” and educational guides for schools and to create “close citizenship, friendly and respectful of differences” among the student community.
“We want to move from coexistence to coexistence”, he has sentenced, at the same time that he has indicated that the draft will pass to the political groups to have the greatest “consensus” and, after the process of public exposure, allegations and provisional approval, the final text could be approved in “a couple of months”.
Regarding the sanctioning regime, he pointed out that minor offenses will have up to 750 euros of fine, serious up to 1,500 and very serious up to 3,000, and has indicated that although in some cases they may be high, “there are actions that should not be ignored “.
It has detailed that the first chapter refers to the protection of people’s dignity and the second to the protection of heritage and against visual degradation such as graffiti and graffiti, both in public and private property and that they will be minor infractions, sanctioned up to 750 euros.
Chapter three refers to improper uses of public goods and acts of vandalism, and has given as an example the use of outdoor sports facilities outside of the stipulated hours that “cause problems of coexistence and inconvenience to the neighborhood.”
It will also act (chapter 4) against invasive forms of begging that “generate unpleasant situations” such as windshield washers and will prevent (chapter 5) street harassment and unwanted sexual behavior “that happens to women and is not acceptable. “, which will be a very serious offense.
Chapter 6 refers to the prevention of drinking bottles and, according to Cano, does not contemplate the sanction for the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public roads by a group of people, something that is already regulated by the regional law, but rather is committed “by way of coexistence “and will act against groups that cause nuisance.
They wanted a “useful tool for the Police, not to stop it, but to reduce it,” he said and added that “the sanctions had to be dealt with viability”, in addition to assessing that until now “they have never” had “an administrative tool to avoid the bottle “,” a classic “in the city.
Regarding the physiological needs (chapter 7) in the public highway they will be sanctioned with up to 750 euros, as well as the stools and urination of pets (chapter 8).
“It is,” he concluded, a tool for managing coexistence within the municipal jurisdiction. ”