Since the seventh season of Game of Thrones came to a close last weekend, maybe this time your Sunday night was spent reading the news? No?
Well, I don’t watch Game of Thrones. I may be wrong in thinking the two are equally exciting.
Anyway, instead of despairing over how long it’ll be until season eight is released, why not catch up with The Bubble’s Weekend Roundup?
- Unfortunately this weekend, as has been the case for a month, the news revolved mostly around the ongoing disappearance of Santiago Maldonado. Friday marked a month since the 28-year-old artisan’s vanishing, which was emphasized by protests across the country, the largest of which was in Plaza de Mayo and demanded that Security Minister Patricia Bullrich step down. Many of these protests turned violent, particularly in the City of Buenos Aires and El Bolsón (near where Maldonado was last seen alive), with Molotov cocktails, graffiti and destruction of public property, the repairing of which will allegedly cost around AR $5.8 million. In fact, the INDEC claims that there was attempted arson at its downtown office.
El INDEC repudia los hechos de violencia de anoche y el intento de incendio de la sede del Instituto oficial de estadísticas del país. pic.twitter.com/M36pVhQj22
— INDEC Argentina (@INDECArgentina) September 2, 2017
- 31 people were arrested on charges of “public harassment [and] resisting authority” and after 12 hours of investigation, 30 were freed on Sunday (the remaining person apparently has an issue with their documents) with protesters outside the court. In the aftermath of the protest, there was public outcry over the arrests and indignation over the graffiti found on the city’s iconic Cabildo building. Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said on Twitter that she had seen “dark things” that night, including “a hunt for people and journalists” and alluded to the dictatorship. Read more: New Photos of Santiago Maldonado Emerge as Interpol Confirms He Wasn’t Found Dead in Chile
- Saturday marked the beginning of the Buenos Aires Times, a new supplement of the Perfil newspaper that is a tribute to the Buenos Aires Herald, which closed about a month ago. In an opinion article titled “What’s in a name?” former Buenos Aires Herald Editor Bob Cox said “The Buenos Aires Herald is dead. Long live the Buenos Aires Times,” while the British ambassador Mark Kent said that “it comforted him to know that The Buenos Aires Times would keep the Herald’s legacy alive.” The 16-page supplement is set to be printed every Saturday. Read more: Breaking: The Buenos Aires Herald Is Closing
#OPINION | The Buenos Aires Herald is dead. Long live the Buenos Aires Times
— Buenos Aires Times (@theBAtimes) September 4, 2017
- Milagro Sala, the Tupac Amaru leader whose imprisonment sparked controversy, has been in the media again since being relocated to serving house arrest on Thursday. She questioned the intense security measures surrounding her, saying that “not even the genocides [a reference to members of Argentina’s last dictatorship convicted of crimes against humanity] have this much security. They don’t have Border Patrol at their door, they don’t have as many cameras as I do.” She questioned the fact that she has to present herself before Border Patrol at 9 AM every morning: “What’s the point of the electronic ankle band?” She also received several visitors at El Carmen in Jujuy province, with visiting hours beginning at 8 AM and a maximum of four at a time. Members of the Tupac Amaru, friends, family and famous journalist Victor Hugo Morales. Read more: Social Leader Milagro Sala is Already Serving House Arrest
- On Saturday, Argentina got through to the finals in the basketball FIBA Americup after beating Mexico 84-67, only to be beaten by the United States yesterday 81-76 in Córdoba province (despite being 20 points down in the third quarter). What really made headlines, however, was the fact that USA Basketball promoted the game on Twitter using the Uruguayan flag emoji instead of the Argentine flag. Worse, the correct flag was clearly visible in the flyer that was being shared. There was indignation on social media, but the three Argentine players who responded to the Tweet (Facundo Campazzo, Nicolás Laprovittola and Patricio Garino) apparently found it funny.
— Rodis Recalt (@rodisrecalt) September 3, 2017
— Facu Campazzo (@facucampazzo) September 3, 2017
— Nicolas Laprovittola (@nicolapro7) September 3, 2017
— patricio garino (@patitogarino) September 3, 2017
- 270 Buenos Aires City residents got to ride on old A Line subway coaches (I guess we should call them “vintage”) as of 10:30 PM on Saturday as a tour between the stations Perú and Acoyte. This is set to be a tourist attraction until the end of the year, so you can add that to your bucket list (with less travel involved than going to Iguazú Falls). They’ve been restored to look good as new, having been taken out of the tunnels in 2013: known as “las brujas” (the witches), they were also declared to be Cultural Heritage of the City of Buenos Aires. So no discarding chewing gum under those seats, guys.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!