May 28, 2023

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Home » Content » After Spain’s Goverment sends special army unit (UME) to put down a massive fire in Catalonia, Catalan regional minister in charge of security, Miquel Buch, declares “we requested help to a foreign country just like we would to France if fire had broken out near the French border”
Catalan nationalism loses no chance to show its most offensive side even if there is an uncontrolled fire ... and today it was the turn of the Interior regional minister of the Generalitat, Miquel Buch, to be its spokesman. The excuse, the Armed Forces, and in particular the Military Emergency Unit (UME) that has been operating since last night in the province of Tarragona.

The regional minister of the Interior: “When a country has a fire and expands, we help each other with neighbors”

The fire of Tarragona, one of the most serious in Catalonia

This morning, Buch, on the help of the UME (requested by the Generalitat), has assured the media that: “When a country has a fire and expands, we help each other with neighbors. If we were in the Ampurdán (Gerona) France would, but now we are next to the Spanish State ».

In this way, the head of the Mossos d’Esquadra and the Firefighters of the Generalitat has distinguished Catalonia from the rest of Spain, considering that the place of uncontrolled fire (at the moment in the province of Tarragona) is not part of Spain, but It’s next to it”.

Performances in Gerona and Valle de Aran

Beyond the parallel reality of regional minister Buch, the facts show that the UME acts, always at the request of local authorities, anywhere in Spain, even if it is bordering or close to France.

In this sense, the UME acted in Gerona in October 2014 for the extraction of water from the tunnels of the AVE, flooded by an exceptional episode of rains.

Two years before, the military of the same unit participated in the extinction of a forest fire in La Junquera (Gerona) and in 2013 the UME deployed generators to restore energy after floods in the Valle de Arán area (Lérida).

Torra does thank the work to the UME

Despite these statements by Buch, voluntary or inadvertently, who has shown his express gratitude to the UME has been Quim Torra, president of the Generalitat, who has also moved to Vinebre (Tarragona), where the whole operation of the action to control and extinguish the fire.

“We are in the hands of the best professionals we have in the country. (…) Firefighters, Rural Agents, Mossos d’Esquadra, emergency services, Military Emergency Unit … our thanks, thank you very much to all », said the Catalan regional president, who in the afternoon has returned thank the work of all the troops and «very especially to the UME».


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