Málaga to pioneer anti-ter­ror plan

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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.

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