We were all supremely confused and disappointed by the awful weather that howled throughout our Saturdays after watching Friday’s glorious weather from inside the office. Obviously you had to watch Stranger Things to at least make the gloom worthwhile. Kudos to those of you who braved the rain to party (or maybe just buy groceries?) instead of ordering empanadas (again).
- On Friday afternoon and Saturday anyone who tried to move around the city center knows there was a
lot of trafficResistance March, named thus because it marked an effort to protest against President Mauricio Macri’s administration. Lawmaker Máximo Kirchner, who is the son of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and head of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Association, Hebe de Bonafini, were the stars of the rally and spoke up strongly against the government’s austerity policies.
- Lawmaker Margarita Stolbizer of the Progressive Party harshly criticized Kirchner for his speech, and, like many on Twitter, specifically mocked that the son of two presidents spoke in the name of “Argentine workers”. In a Tweet, she said “Máximo Kirchner talks about something he isn’t even [acquainted with]: work. Why doesn’t he take this opportunity to explain his fortune?”
Máximo Kirchner habla de algo que ni conoce: el trabajo. Por que no aprovecha para explicar la fortuna que tiene?
— Margarita Stolbizer (@Stolbizer) August 27, 2016
- Buenos Aires province Governor María Eugenia Vidal was the victim of yet another death threat on Sunday. Just like previous instances of death threats, the person left a message through the 911 emergency number stating that a bomb had been place in the governor’s house in Morón. Vidal received multiple death threats last week and a rifle shell was found in her home’s garage at a time when she has made a point of battling corruption in the Buenos Aires province, including fighting police corruption, nonetheless. Read more: Vidal Says She Is Not Intimidated By Threats, Will Fight Police Corruption
- Ibar Esteban Pérez Corradi, the man accused of being the brains behind the infamous triple murder in General Rodríguez, stated on TV show La Cornisa that he received help from the previous administration while he was on the run (he managed to elude the authorities for four years). According to Pérez Corradi, those that helped him as a fugitive were the same who were involved in the ephedrine trafficking ring that led to the grisly homicides. He linked both former Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández and former head of the AFIP Ricardo Echegaray to the illegal activity. Read more: Pérez Corradi Says He Was Told Aníbal Fernández Masterminded The 2008 ‘Triple Murder’
- The political TV show Periodismo Para Todos (PPT) in which host Jorge Lanata continued to present elements of his exposé “Cristileaks,” in which thousands of financial transactions adding up to US $492 million allegedly made by former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and others involved in the purported money laundering scheme known as the “K Money Trail.” This time, the program looked into how family members of the Kirchner family such as her niece, Romina Mercado, were involved in the Solicitor General’s office. Alongside former Solicitor General Angelina Abbona, they would allegedly help “cover up” irregularities or “protect” Cristina. Read more: Prosecutor Asks For Cristina And Kicillof To Be Questioned On Charges Of Cover-Up
- A fire that began in San Luis province 10 days ago once again reignited and started afresh on Sunday, and has already devastated 8,500 hectares. The fire’s epicenter is about 40 kilometers away from the city of San Luis, the provincial capital, and one hundred people had to be evacuated yesterday.
- On Saturday, the Buenos Aires province police force peacefully evicted around 500 families that had started to unlawfully occupy space in a rural area near Route 25 in the partido (or district in Buenos Aires Province) of Moreno. On Sunday, 19 police officers were injured as a group of 50 people allegedly attacked them with stones. There is speculation that the seizure was not spontaneous, but pre-meditated and politically motivated. Read more: Hundreds Of Families ‘Unlawfully’ Occuping Land In Buenos Aires District Moreno
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!