Pope’s visit: Operation passed with tranquillity, says the Government

At the border inspections, 20 arrests were made, one for fraud, 14 for possession of a prohibited weapon and one for falsification.

Operation Fatima 2017, which was conducted for Pope Francisco’s visit to Portugal, on Friday and Saturday, took place with all normalcy and tranquillity, the Government said today.

A press release from the Office of the Secretary General of the Internal Security System stated that “during the visit of His Holiness Pope Francisco to Portugal ends,” the Cabinet, “on behalf of all security forces and services involved in the Operation Fatima 2017, reiterates that everything was went fully as planned, with total normalcy and tranquillity. ”

The note adds that from 00:00 from Friday to 24:00 of the same day, in the area of ​​protection and relief, 927 pilgrims were assisted, 88 prehospital emergencies were and 18 transports transportations were undertaken to hospitals.

The statement added that in the scope of the reinstatement of the documentary control of people at the borders (land, sea and air), 66,372 people were checked, with 23 refusals for documentary reasons.

There were 62,953 inspections: 39,929 people, 23,001 vehicles, 18 boats and five trains.

The information adds that 20 arrests were made, most notably one for crime of fraud, 14 for possession of a prohibited weapon and one for falsification of a technical notation.

A total of three vehicles, 16 blank weapons, 40 rounds of ammunition and 1,650 euros were seized

Pope Francisco ended a two-day visit to Portugal on 13th May celebrating the Centenary of the Apparitions and canonizing two of the shepherd children of Fatima.


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