Málaga to pioneer anti-terror plan
NEWS Staff Reporter THE city of Málaga has been selected by the government to develop a pioneering plan to detect and prevent radicalisation. The aim is to root out and check such behaviour in all areas of society, including jihadism, on the premise that those drawn in are victims.
The choice of Málaga follows the city council’s work with the Intelligence Centre against Terrorism and Organized Crime, part of the Interior Ministry, and will contribute to a National Strategic Plan to Combat Violent Radicalisation.
The aim is to raise awareness and promote social cohesion, to improve coexistence, to respect religious freedom and to avoid marginalisation and violent radicalism. It has the support of Málaga University, which has agreed to support the plan’s scientific and academic start-up requirements and ongoing development.
Four working groups were established some months ago and numerous local organisations are involved, while an advisory council has been formed from members of the Forum for Peace in the Mediter- ranean.
There are around 150 nationalities represented within the population of the city of Málaga and the city council has worked for many years to promote coexistence and multiculturalism.
The initiative now coming together, known formally as the Transversal Plan, further commits Málaga to work towards providing opportunities for all people, regardless of race, origin or religion.