Teachers’ discontent with the Buenos Aires Province administration reached new heights last night, when CTA and Suteba union members took the protest to right outside governor María Eugenia Vidal’s home. The group began gathering in downtown Morón, and then decided to march up to the town’s military base, where Vidal lives with her two sons.
The unions were joined by members of the Nuevo Encuentro party. This is a Kirchnerist movement which Roberto Baradel (Suteba’s leader) has claimed to be part of. For many this latest act adds weight to Vidal‘s claims that teachers are no longer fighting for salaries, but are meddling in politics instead. During her appearance on Intratables, she expressed her belief that the repeated protests and strikes are only an attempt to “wear down” both her own and President Macri’s governments.
Vidal expressed her concern regarding the protest taking place outside her house: “Didn’t you realise my kids were there? I wasn’t there, I was working, but my kids were about to arrive home. What’s more: there’s a school at the military base where I live, and that’s the time the children leave school. Doesn’t anybody think about them?” She added that there are several other places for the protesters to go, like her office at the Banco Provincia or the government headquarters.
Francisco Mones Ruiz, former president of the student center at the National Morón School and current head of the local Coalición Cívica, condemned the protest. “I marched to demand quality education from Ruckauf, Solá, Scioli. But we never went to their houses. We never attacked their families (…) I regret seeing members of Sabbatella’s party leading the teachers’ conflict.”
After ten formal meetings, six different proposals and around 15 missed school days, the conflict is currently in its fourth week. It doesn’t look like it will be over soon either.