What’s this? A weekend without the sweltering heat that makes everything impossible? No wonder no news-reading got done: you could finally get some fresh air without having to enter random shops for the air conditioning. Hooray!
Now that it’s Monday and your coworkers might want to talk about something other than the weather, let’s get on to what happened over the weekend.
- On Saturday, the Justice Ministry announced that the identification of unknown Argentine soldiers buried on the Malvinas Islands has begun, with help from the Red Cross International Committee, based on the agreement reached between Argentina and the UK last year. “The proposal intends to settle a historic debt with the relatives of the fallen heroes who rest in the Darwin cemetery under the caption, ‘Argentine soldier only known by God'” says the press release, adding that it “in no way affects the national claim of Argentine sovereignty rights over the Malvinas Islands,” describing the endeavor as “strictly humanitarian and confidential.” Read more: British PM To Malvinas Islanders: ‘A Better Relationship With Argentina Is In Everyone’s Interest’
- After the flurry of rumors and conflicting reports last weekend, Milagro Sala confirmed yesterday that she “tapped” her stomach with a pair of scissors last Wednesday when presented with new cases against her. “I wanted to kill myself when I found out that I had three more cases […] I didn’t hurt myself much, because they grabbed me and took the scissors away, but I did hurt myself,” said Sala, who also said that she is “consistently persecuted [for being] the only person who stands up to the [Jujuy] government.” Read more: Anniversary Of Milagro Sala’s Imprisonment Sparks Debate And Outrage
- Over 600 people have suffered from intoxication due to contaminated water in the city of Caucete in San Juan province as there was allegedly a technical fault at the local water treatment plant. Children have had to be hospitalized, but there are allegedly few serious cases and no chance of E-coli. The provincial government has handed out 34,440 two-liter bottles of water and urged Caucete’s citizens to avoid tap water for 48 hours.
— Cadena 3 Argentina (@Cadena3Com) March 6, 2017
- As the teacher strike loomed large, with only two provinces starting the school year on time, Suteba Secretary General Roberto Baradel told Radio Mitre yesterday that “The government underestimates the work of teachers [and] there is no perceptible effort by the [Buenos Aires] province to come up with a proposal that would allow [teachers] to achieve a dignified salary.” The strike and continued negotiations with the government are set for today and tomorrow, defining the agenda for this week. Read more: Teachers’ Unions Announce National Strike On March 6, 7
- According to private consulting firms, inflation in February reached 2.5% due to gas hikes in January, among other things. Meanwhile, the Argentine Industrial Chamber of Leather Manufactures (CIMA) warned yesterday that the import of leather goods has increased by 71.3% in the first two months of 2017 (or 1.1 million more products). Read more: Indec: Argentina’s Inflation Clocks In At 1.3 Percent In January
- Artists and intellectuals have come together in a powerful video that opposes President Mauricio Macri’s government. The video, made by a group called Colectivos Culturales Organizdos, is called “Argentina Detenida” or “Argentina Interrupted” (with the double entendre of “arrested”). It represents several social sectors that have allegedly been halted due to Macri’s policies with a hard-hitting text: “A process of destruction is in motion. Argentina is detained for all of us.”
- Carlos Tevez had his Chinese Super League debut yesterday on his new team Shanghai Shenhua yesterday, scoring 35 minutes into the game and assisting another two. In the end, Shanghai Shenhua beat the opposing team Jiangsu Suning 4-0. Tévez left his Argentine football club Boca Juniors last year to become one of the highest paid football players in the world, earning a staggering annual salary of US $42.5 million. Read more: Carlos Tevez Arrives To Throngs Of Fans And Photographers In China
- A woman from Mar del Plata published a photo of a restaurant receipt on Facebook which went viral after the establishment tried to charge her AR$200 for a “knife that cuts” for a bife de chorizo — everyone knows you can’t use any knife on them. In the end, she didn’t have to cough up the money because she insisted that if the sum was paid, she was entitled to take the knife home with her. “This sort of thing is unbelievable and although it seems fake, [things like this] happen,” she said.
- After four weeks of bad news, the Political and Economic optimism indices published by Clarín (with numbers from consulting firm Management and Fit) have finally shown some hope for the government as they show an increase by 0.9 and 0.7 points, respectively. Which looks good, but we’ll see what happens this week after the teacher strike.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!