Portugal to Pass Security Laws as Crime Rises Amid Austerity

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — Portugal’s government is set to propose laws to make streets safer amid an increase in crime during the country’s year-long recession, Justice Minister Paula Teixeira da Cruz said.

The government will soon propose legislation to bolster cooperation between different police forces, Teixeira da Cruz said today after meeting with the heads of civil and military police in Lisbon. Last week, unidentified attackers torched two highway toll booths and shot an employee after the government introduced fares on four highways as part of austerity measures agreed on in exchange a 78 billion-euro ($102 billion) bailout.

“The Portuguese should remain calm,” Teixeira da Cruz said in comments broadcast on SIC Noticias television station. “There will be a series of administrative and legislative measures in the future to better coordinate the already exceptional work carried out by our security forces.”
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