Coimbra pondering CCTV in upper town to combat plague of graffiti

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 17-05-2018 14:54:00 · 0 Comments

The mayor of Coimbra, home of Portugal’s oldest university, has called for more action against graffiti on the city’s major buildings and monuments, saying that the introduction of video cameras to the upper town is not ruled out.

The task of removing graffiti is estimated to cost the local council some €500,000 a year, and in recent days ‘tags’ have appeared on several national monuments in the city.
“This is a serious matter and, although it is not new, it had not happened with this intensity and lack of taste,” the mayor, Manuel Machado, told Lusa News Agency.
“Even when the [Maoist] MRPP entertained itself scribbling slogans on walls, at least one could note a certain aesthetic sense. What we see today is a mess.

“It’s unacceptable, it should be punished, it is a crime.”
Machado said that a video surveillance system was “one of the tools” that could be used to combat the problem.
Machado cited the São Salvador church as one of example of a monument whose façade has become covered in graffiti phrases and tags.


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