Surveillance cameras in Ciutat Vella help catch a 21.7 percent increase in thieves (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The first data to be published by the Ayuntamiento since the installation of surveillance cameras in the Ciutat Vella on August 1st, has caught around 184 people, a 21.7 percent more than in the same period in 2009. The cameras were installed in trouble spots in areas where uncivil behaviour was common, such as prostitution and the sale and consumption of drugs in public. The captured images are sent directly to a control centre, where an agent of the Guardia Urbana is in permanent contact with local police teams on the street. During the first months of the operation a total of 179 requests for police intervention was detected by the surveillance cameras. The 16 cameras are located in the junction of Avinyó and Escudellers, Comtessa de Sobradiel, Ferran con Rauric, Hospital, and in the squares of Pau Vila, Teatre, Sant Jaume, Antonio López and Pla de Palau. There are also nine installed on the Rambla. The CCTV system has been financed with state funds for sustainability and social cohesion and at a cost of around €249,099. Catalan legislation requires a very strong argument before their installation is considered. In the case of Barcelona the commission of the Control de Videovigilancia de Catalunya authorised the placement in February stating that the city needs to "increase the safety of all citizens and visitors."
Since the new abortion law last July nearly 2,000 have had terminations in Catalunya (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). A total of 1,904 women have had abortions in private clinics referred by the Catalan Public Health Service and has cost CatSalut around €700,000, Marina Geli, the health councillor the Generalitat announced these figures last Wednesday. The cost of the procedure, costs around €300, depending on the month of pregnancy and have received their repayment from CatSalut while 827 are being processed and therefore also pending payment. Since the entry of the law on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Interruption of Pregnancy on July 1st, clinics and hospitals in Catalunya directed all women who wish to terminate a pregnancy to the 13 authorised clinics. In addition to this new law, from January, CAP will also dispense abortion pills for pregnancies of less than eight weeks. The number of abortions has falled by 3.3 percent during 2009 over the previous year, although there has been an increase in the number of abortions performed before eight weeks. Councillor Geli attributed this figure to an increase in information available to women allowing them to "make decisions in a timely manner." Geli also noted that the number of free condoms have been distributed has increased sevenfold in a decade and pharmacies sell around 10,000 emergency contraceptive pills a month without prescription.
The PP defends their language policy in a crusade to weaken Catalan (read article in Catalan here, Avui). With the complicity of the Ciutadans and of the Ombudsman, the PP have already questioned the judicial code of consumer law and film and has now begun to attack the regulations of the Ayuntamiento over the use of Catalan. Alícia Sánchez-Camacho, said "We will continue to present to the TSJC resources in cases of any regulations that establish preferential use of Catalan in the provincial or city councils though out Catalunya. The defense of the PP is of bilingualism at all levels, in schools, administrations, hospitals and wherever we believe that Catalans have the right to access in Catalan and Spanish. However the CiU, PSC, ERC and ICV parties reacted differently against the offensive with Joan Puigcercós, president of the Esquerra party said "We are witnessing a frontal attack against Catalunya. It is a crusade to criminalise the Catalan." He went on to propose a minimal agreement between "all Catalanists parties to establish commitments to win the Catalan language presence in society." The PSC president José Montilla, speaking informally yesterday express his disagreement with the court decision but stressed that it is not yet definite.