THE Guardia Civil in Oviedo, Spain, have filed a proposal to sanction 18 people who have been using the social networking platform, WhatsApp, to send photographs and information about police check and roadblocks during the quarantine to warn residents.
According to the Armed Institute, the Guardia Civil has been investigating the creation of WhatsApp groups which warn citizens about police controls and check points which have been put into place to verify that individuals are not moving around without a justifiable cause during the quarantine set out as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
The officers managed to infiltrate themselves in both of these groups, one called ‘Greens Around the Zone’ with 245 users and ‘Social Coaña’ which had an additional 253 users. Both of these groups aimed to broadcast the position of police controls and the movement of Guardia Civil patrols in the area.
The Guardia Civil explains that these 500 users can all then forward the information to other friends and additional groups which makes their broadcast potential incalculable and detrimental to police efforts.
The economic sanctions that can incur for committing this type of crime oscillates between €601 to €30,000.
The Guardia Civil noted that these types of groups harm everyone since “these established controls, in addition to monitoring unjustified movements to prevent the transmission of Covid-19, are also carried out to prevent the circulation of drivers in intoxication which can cause serious accidents, to intercept the possible perpetrators of robberies in establishments and second residences, and to prevent drug trafficking.”