Jan 21, 2016

Argentina declares state of emergency, allows shooting down aircraft

The Argentine government on 19 January implemented a state of security emergency, setting in place new procedures aimed at making it easier to fight organised crime and human and drug trafficking, and to secure the country's borders.
As part of these efforts, the government mandated an increase in security procedures regarding air transport and the acquisition of systems needed to improve maritime surveillance capabilities for ports, borders, and jurisdictional waters.
For its airspace, the government said its state of emergency allows the air force to identify, warn, intimidate, and eventually force uncooperative aircraft to land.
The presidential decree is not a 'shoot-down law', but it basically allows for a similar procedure to be applied if it is needed, and expands its application to other security areas, such as rivers and land borders.

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