While most of the weekend was whiled away trying to figure out whether or not going to Lollapalooza would have been worth it just to see Duran Duran and fishing out your sweaters from the back of the closet, newsreading definitely didn’t make the top of the list of weekend priorities.
That’s okay. Now that you’ve finished liking all the “Lollapaloser” photos, The Bubble can help you out with what really happened over the weekend.
- On Saturday, there was a big concentration of people aside from very well-dressed music festival goers in San Isidro. The pro-government “March for Democracy” (Marcha para la Democracia) or #1A (for April 1st) began at 06:30 PM at the Obelisco and was echoed across the country. The government, after staying silent during the week, eventually voiced its support and praised it’s “spontaneous character,” with President Mauricio Macri applauding that it was done “without buses or choripanes.“ This was an allusion to the classic criticism of Peronist or union marches, to which many protesters are ferried by bus and choripanes are cooked on the street (the more cynical of Argentines consider the providing of those services to be the reason they go in the first place).
- As if that wasn’t enough for an emotionally charged weekend, yesterday was Malvinas Veterans’ Day, commemorating the beginning of the war of 1982. There were nation-wide acts of remembrance around the country, with the Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio leading the main event in Ushuaia and Macri meeting with veterans and their families alongside the Governor of Buenos Aires, María Eugenia Vidal and Human Rights Secretary Claudio Avruj. Both Macri and Frigerio described the Argentine claim over the Islands as “indisputable” and “essential,” saying that it will never be given up. “We will never stop fighting for what is ours. We won’t lower our arms or cave for a single day of our lives,” said Frigerio.
- Social media essentially reflected these two events over the weekend, including a video of a very elderly man at the March for Democracy going viral and allegedly making people choke up nation-wide (many of those present at the march were senior citizens.)
However, another “news piece” regarding the Malvinas that went viral was in fact an April Fool’s prank: Penguin News took “fake news” to a whole new level by reporting on a new island allegedly “surfacing” in an area rich in hydrocarbons and fishing resources. The new island was set to become Malvinas territory, backed by a Lithuanian UN representative of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea…the geologist Loof Lirpa, whose name reads “April Fool” backwards. Well played, Penguin News.
Él quiso poner su granito de arena x la DEMOCRACIA y en contra de la MENTIRA,la BURLA,el ATROPELLO, las MUERTES,el VACIAMIENTO DEL ESTADO#1A pic.twitter.com/OHivg189ak
— CLAUDIO RÍGOLI (@conderigoli) April 2, 2017
- In judicial news, the television show La Cornisa has been busy with new accusations again as it reported that 14 properties belonging to former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner have allegedly been discovered in Río Gallegos province. Properties which, of course, apparently had not been declared to the authorities beforehand, fiscal or otherwise. In addition, more phone call transcripts between Cristina and former Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) head Oscar Parrilli were leaked (seriously, there isn’t any novelty in this sort of thing anymore). This time, Cristina insulted and challenged national lawmaker Margarita Stolbizer to justify her quality of life; criticized First Lady Juliana Awada and called television mogul Marcelo Tinelli an “idiot.” Federal Judge Ariel Lijo has said that he “doesn’t know” how the leaks occurred, that it “wasn’t normal” and that it “was a downright shame” that such things should happen during an investigation.
- Onto some sport. Argentine coach Edgardo Bauza adressed rumours that have arisen after the poor performance of the national side that he will be replaced. “If they ask me to leave, I’ll ask them why, give them [a handshake] and go home,” he said on television last night. “But I don’t feel that the AFA has withdrawn their support for me. I’ve had no phone calls.” Also in football, Tigre beat San Lorenzo 4-3 in a very dynamic match due to the pouring rain, a goal made from offside…and with a power cut in the first half. The longest 40 seconds for many this weekend. Read more: Argentina Loses To Bolivia, World Cup Qualification Under Threat
- Clarín’s Political and Economic Optimism indices were published yesterday, with data from the consulting firm Management and Fit, indicating a 0.5 point increase for economic optimism which is attributed to Saturday’s march. The political index continued to decrease, but in a way that “indicates a deceleration,” by only 0.3 points.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!