Many have condemned the too “spectacular” way of carrying out controls and the excessive criminalization of people who violate quarantine even when they do not endanger others.
The photo of a police operation against a man who was sunbathing on a beach went viral in Italy , becoming the image-symbol of the quarantine in the country and sparking controversy over the excesses of the authorities to enforce isolation.
The composition of the photo has an impact: it shows a man sunbathing on the beach, unaware of the two policemen who come to stop him. The scene, filmed by a drone that flies over the area in search of people away from home, was shared on the Facebook page of the municipality of Rimini , in Emilia Romagna , in the north of the country.
The image has gone viral on social networks despite the fact that many have condemned the too “spectacular” way of carrying out the controls and the excessive criminalization of people who violate quarantine even when they do not endanger others.
“It seems to me an inappropriate and ridiculous display of forces , “ wrote one user. “When this emergency is over we would like to see these means used against the real criminals.”
“I think this man is a hero of our times,” said another ironically.
“The fun thing is that the risk of contagion, while the man is alone, is equal to zero. The risk, however, increases the moment the two police officers approach, “ said another user.
“More than three thousand comments and nobody understood that he is not a sunbathing man, but a spa worker who is setting up a catwalk and who is outside because he is working. He just took a moment to rest! ” Observed another.
Several, however, condemned the man’s attitude. “I don’t know if he is more stupid than sunbathing or people who minimize. Maybe people ” , sentenced another user.
As the summer approaches and the weather improves, the police controls with posts on the roads and the use of drones have been strengthened, given the possibility that the Italians take advantage of these days to visit relatives or move to the second houses at sea or in the mountains.
The use of drones to monitor the population has become widespread as the pandemic has spread , even in countries where just a month ago this resource would have generated an important debate on an eventual violation of individual liberties.
In Spain , there are localities that use them to control arrivals or water consumption in homes; in Jordan , they monitor that confinement is strictly adhered to; in France , they fly over the beaches and banks of the Seine, in Paris, and in Greece they watch Athens and Thessalonica from the sky.
In Italy, most citizens understand that the police use drones to control a pandemic that, officially, has killed more than 23,000 people, although, after more than a month of confinement, almost the entire population strictly complied. , more and more are those who question the use of these increasingly invasive tools.
However, the president of the Italian authority in charge of protecting personal data, Antonello Soro, warned deputies on Wednesday that the use of drones “should respect the principle of proportionality, especially since, potentially, they can invade private life” .
According to him, detecting “impersonal concentrations”, with a large number of people, is not a problem, but “monitoring punctual respect” of confinement, on a personal level, is questionable, because of the “high number of personal data” that come into play in those types of controls.