Happy new year! Let’s assume that between trying to come up with New Year’s resolutions — read the news more, maybe? — the sparklers, the partying and surviving the intense Buenos Aires heat meant that you didn’t manage to read the news this weekend.
Not to worry, The Bubble is here with an update so you start 2017 well informed.
- More holiday messages from politicians, this time on their vacation! President Mauricio Macri posted a video on his Twitter describing 2016 as a “tough year which confirmed that we wanted change” and that good things are coming in 2017 “if we make our best effort.” Meanwhile, former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner put a little irony into her end-of-year reflections, with a supposed “survey by Cambiemos” on “who crucified Jesus Christ”:
Encuesta Cambiemos 2017 pic.twitter.com/NmQUubEL1o
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) December 31, 2016
El mejor 2017 para todos los argentinos pic.twitter.com/NhKgPDApEw
— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) December 31, 2016
Que la luz del sol naciente ilumine nuestros corazones,que el espíritu de Dios nos traiga verdad justicia y reconciliación. Los amo Lilita?? pic.twitter.com/aRvxk577Xk
— Elisa Lilita Carrió (@elisacarrio) January 1, 2017
Terminamos el año con mucho trabajo! Comparto el Informe de Gestión 2016. Promovemos y defendemos la transparencia: https://t.co/s7FGtyEqd2
— Margarita Stolbizer (@Stolbizer) December 29, 2016
- Violence broke out between police and teenage party-goers at the seaside town of Villa Gesell on New Year’s Eve (technically 5 AM New Year’s day): 15 people were arrested and many were injured at a beach party with thousands of people present — media outlets oscillate between two and five thousand. None of the injuries were allegedly serious, although rubber bullets, glass bottles and stones were used as projectiles and several cars and buildings were damaged. The mayor of Villa Gesell described those who started the violence as “misfits.”
- Just like Christmas, the tradition of pyrotechnics to mark the new year and overly festive spirits unfortunately come with an annual count of injuries and damages. According to official sources, one person died while 90 adults and 67 minors were admitted to hospitals due to fireworks, brawls, alcohol consumption and car robberies over New Year’s. Read more: Bullrich On December: ‘There Are Political Sectors That Want A Chaotic Month’
- The Buenos Aires neighborhood of Flores was sent reeling again with another violent crime: a man was stabbed 14 times on New Year’s Eve in what police are considering to be a crime of passion: his ex girlfriend is currently on the run and officials found bloodied clothes in her hotel room. The same neighborhood has been in a state of shock since a 14-year old was killed on Christmas Eve. Read more: The Main Suspect In The Death Of Buenos Aires 14-Year-Old Arrested In Chile
- Justice Minister, Germán Garavano said over the weekend that Milagro Sala, the Tupac Amaru leader who was sentenced to three years in jail last week, was “not a political prisoner,” as many national and international organizations have described. “When there is a judge that applies the rule of law, you can’t talk about political prisoners […] Now is the time for appeals […] I think it’s a good example of a functioning justice system,” said Garavano in a radio interview. Read more: Milagro Sala Sentenced To Three Years For ‘Aggravated Damage’
- As of yesterday, supermarkets in the City of Buenos Aires will no longer provide their customers with plastic bags (from Carrefour to the chino on the corner). According to the City government, the plan is to reduce the number of plastic bags by 55 percent, or by 580 million. “We know that these types of bags contaminate water, block sewage and affect [the City’s] flora and fauna. We’re accompanying [City] residents in this big cultural change so that everyone can enjoy a cleaner and greener City,” said Eduardo Macchiavelli, the City’s minister for Environment and Public Spaces. Get ready to work that changuito!
- If you felt like you were melting over the weekend, that’s because the city of Buenos Aires was on yellow alert on Saturday, which was risen to orange alert on Sunday by the National Meteorological Service. We’d better get used to it: remember that this summer will allegedly be hotter than previous years, so stock up on sunscreen and water bottles!
I know that they’re now your go-to conversation starter at the office, but Clarín did not publish their optimism indices this week. Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!