30th September 2022
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Catalan Interior Minister, Joan Ignasi Elena: ‘Sitges is safer than two years ago’

Joan Ignasi Elena is the Catalan government’s Interior Minister and the former Mayor of Vilanova i la Geltrú, between 2005 and 2011.

He was appointed as a minister by the Catalan president Pere Aragonès, of the Esquerra Republicana (ERC) party, although Joan Ignasi Elena is not a member of this group. In an interview in the pages of L’Eco this week, the minister emphasises that the organisation of the recent Sitges carnival had met all expectations: ‘We have coordinated very well. We worked on the railway station entrance and road entrances to minimise any incidents. The presence of law enforcement officers, maritime police and air units, such as drones, was also increased.’

Elena also speaks about one of the concerns of the public, the subject of the Top Manta (street sellers): ‘Not only is it a physical reality that we see on the promenade, but behind it is a much more complicated issue that we are faced with, and one that goes beyond our borders.’ The minister said that they are working together with ‘the town council and the local police to minimise this. We ask for their [the public’s] trust’.

In the interview, he also states that ‘Sitges is safer than two years ago.’

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