This funny photomontage with a delinquent cat and a traffic cop became a viral photo in the social networks and messengers. But not everyone laughs in a good way.
Some of the citizens for some reason do not understand this humor, demonstrating clear aggression towards the guards of the "quarantine" order.
According to the requirements of the Russian Federal Supervisory Committee for Mass Media we don’t have the right to cite the comments of those who themselves faced the actions of the security forces due to the large number of profanity. But even without it, it is obvious that millions of Muscovites have not yet recovered from the shock because of the collapse organized by their own police on April 15. Then, we recall, a couple of million people could not get on the subway and without any social distance crowded in lines to the turnstiles. Neither Sobyanin, nor the head of the Moscow Central Internal Affairs Directorate Baranov knows how many of them have caught the malicious virus.
And what is characteristic: none of the organizers of this action even just apologized. No one resigned or downgraded. The authorities thereby unequivocally show that no "excesses" and extremeties in the pacifying of the townspeople are superfluous. Thus it's completely clear that it's the order not to have mercy on your people!
And they obey the order.
Yesterday, for example, a friend from the west of Moscow wrote: her husband, a 63-year-old cancer patient, was tied up on his way to a pharmacy, taken to a department and fined. The reason is that he is registered in his apartment, and lives, as you understand, with his legal wife, but without registration in a new place.
In total, for six days from April 10 to 16, the Moscow police drew up about 12 thousand protocols for violating the self-isolation regime, and the total amount of fines was about 50 million rubles. Among the malicious intruders was an elderly woman who was brutally pushed by an outfit of 8 fighters in a police car in front of her son, and a homeless man who was fined 4,000 for going to a friend's clothes. The argument that there was simply nowhere to isolate the homeless, the police did not arouse sympathy and understanding.
But the indicative ferocity of the guards is also relative. Do you not like fines? Bringing to the protocol compartments? And in India there are policemen without conversations and protocols, they will beat the people with sticks!
True, guardians of stick discipline forget to say that, having survived the horror of the first days of quarantine, people in India began to gather in heaps and throw stones at the offenders.
I really do not want such incidents to come to Russia. I repeat: I really don't want to! And I DO NOT ADVISE any of the hotheads to attack the police or the patrols of the Russian Guard.
After all, there are quite a few countries where huge fines for quarantine violations have been introduced. In Spain, say, a woman who decided to walk a turtle, not a dog, was fined 350 euros. But there no one throws stones at the police. Perhaps because in normal countries the state compensates to the maximum the forced idleness of people, namely:
- in Bulgaria, the government singled out funds to compensate 60% of the salary of workers temporarily left without work;
- in Denmark the state took 90% of the wages of company employees, sick pay, rent and other fixed costs;
- in Ireland authorities sent 2% of their GDP only so that people do not lose regular earnings: subsidizing up to 70% of workers' salaries during a pandemic, paying sick leave for 350 euros per week;
- in the UK government announced that it would pay 80% of employees' wages for three months, established tax holidays and free guaranteed loans;
- in Australia economic package contains the allocation of subsidies for the payment of salaries in an amount commensurate with 6.7% of the country's GDP;
- in Spain, the authorities introduce unconditional basic income with a proposal to keep it even after the crisis; previously all employees sent on leave without pay, the government guaranteed saving 70% of salary ...
Thus, a social contract is in effect: you, citizens, are sitting at home, and we, the government, will take care of you.
Against this background, financial support measures for unemployed citizens in Russia are ridiculous. And what happens: while millions of people eat the last nest egg, or live on credit card debt, the Russian security forces feel in a privileged position. They are paid salaries regularly, premiums and ranks also go their own way, a pension of 45 years is provided ... Their service, of course, is both dangerous and difficult, and sometimes it is as if it is not visible. At ordinary times, society is prepared to put up with this. However, today a new “voltage line” is taking shape. Attempts by zealous law enforcement officers to turn quarantine into a triumph of stupid police can lead to the most sad excesses.
That is why the task of the authorities and civil society is to go along the razor's edge, find forms and methods of interaction that will not allow them to break into an uncontrollable peak.
It is not very clear, however, is the power itself aware of this threat at its different floors and levels? Or is someone still in the illusion of the pacifying effect of excessive fines and batons of the most recent design?