- President Mauricio Macri showed solidarity towards the British government and the British people in the aftermath of the terror attack that left seven dead and around 50 wounded, saying on Twitter that Argentina “condemns the terrorist attacks that happened in different areas of London” and reaffirmed the country’s “commitment to fight terrorism.” One Argentine restaurant worker at Borough Market managed to save the lives of five people: Freddy Miranda was leaving the “Porteña” restaurant for a break when he saw people running down the street and immediately ordered the blinds to be drawn. From inside, Miranda watched the terrifying tragedy unfold alongside two of his colleagues and a customer. One police car allegedly crashed into the front of the restaurant. “I turned around a told my colleague, the head of the [establishment] to lower the blinds. We did that and saw the whole thing from inside, how they killed people with knives,” Miranda told Infobae.
Expresamos nuestra solidaridad con el gobierno y el pueblo británico y ratificamos nuestro compromiso en la lucha contra el terrorismo
— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) June 4, 2017
- Once again, the Ni Una Menos march brought thousands of people together for equal rights across the country: the highest concentration of marchers was in the City of Buenos Aires, but there were marches in Tucumán, Rosario, Córdoba and Mendoza as well. In addition for increased awareness on issues of gender violence and proactive sex education, one of the most salient demands of this year’s march was to free “Higui,” a homosexual woman who has been in jail since last year for fatally wounding a man who attempted a “corrective” rape along with nine other people who she and her supporters claim physically assaulted her. Alongside chants and posters, violet ribbons were tied to the fence surrounding the Casa Rosada and across the city to symbolize the marks left on the bodies of women who have suffered gendered violence. Read more: Women In Argentina March To Congress Under ‘Ni Una Menos’ Rallying Cry
- The electoral year has officially begun! First off, Corrientes has elected a new mayor for its capital (Corrientes): Eduardo Tassano won with 50.17 percent of the vote with the backing of Cambiemos. Secondly, the province of Chaco held PASO or primary elections, in which the Peronist Frente Chaco Merece Más took a clear lead with 50.09 percent (the runners-up from Cambiemos got 33.49 percent in comparison). The official elections that will shake up the provincial Chamber of Deputies will take place on July 23. Finally, La Rioja held municipal elections in seven of 18 districts: the Justicialist Party (PJ) was in the lead here, but with just 25.01 percent of the votes.
- Former president Raúl Alfonsín’s mausoleum was vandalized over the weekend, which sparked severe criticisms from all political sectors (including Macri and former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner). The graffiti was removed almost immediately and, after the social media uproar on Saturday, around 300 people went to the Recoleta cemetery with red and white flowers (representing the colours of the Radical party, to which Alfonsín belonged) to amend the offence. Alfonsín’s son, Ricardo (who is also a politician) was there and said a few words to thank the supporters’ initiative. The cemetery has not confirmed whether or not there will be more security around the mausoleum.
- On Saturday, Argentina shipped the first ever export of beef to the Philippines after said country’s Agricultural Ministry authorized the entry of Argentine meat. The Agro-Industry Minister Ricardo Buryaile was full of praise for the 27-ton shipment, saying that it was “the result of a joint effort by both governmental organizations and [private] companies because thanks to our reliable sanitary standard, we’re showing [the world] how much we can grow if we just put our minds to achieving our objectives.” Which is, of course, to spread proper Argentine asados all over the world.
- Not-so-good news on inflation: according to the private consulting firm Ecolatina, the first five months of the year have brought us over 10 percent inflation. And that’s “despite the fact that the dollar has not risen in value [compared to the Argentine peso],” warns Ecolatina. Meanwhile, the “Bajemos Los Precios” initiative led by Sergio Massa and Margarita Stolbizer has allegedly reached one million signatures in an attempt to get momentum going to bring down the value added tax (IVA) on 11 basic food products and another to regulate supermarket shelves.
- Sports news! Boca had a particularly good weekend, beating Independiente 3-0 and their arch-rivals River Plate losing to San Lorenzo 2-1. Despite River’s loss, though, Boca is only four points ahead and, since there are nine points still up for grabs, they can’t rest on their laurels just yet. In Paris, our beloved Juan Martín del Potro was eliminated from the Roland Garros French Open after losing to Andy Murray (7-6, 7-5, 6-0). According to Perfil, the French cheered him enthusiastically as he left the pitch.
- The D Subway Line turned 80 on Saturday! As far as we know, there were no birthday parties or candles, but La Nación did create this quiz to test your knowledge on its foibles. We at The Bubble would like to think we don’t condone procrastinating at work, but it is a fun quiz…
Go forth and show yourselves to be well-informed, my loyal Monday readers!