What a weekend! No doubt you were too busy biting your nails during the French presidential elections, with its intense run-up and live coverage, over the weekend to pay attention to anything else. Or watching the classic Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry during the Real Madrid-Barcelona match yesterday.
Or just enjoying your weekend without glancing at the news. Either way, here’s The Bubble with an update on what went on in Argentina over the weekend so you don’t feel so lost.
- The weekend got off to a rocky start in Santa Cruz, where at least four people were hurt during protests outside the residence of governor Alicia Kirchner (the current governor of Santa Cruz and sister of former president Néstor Kirchner) on Friday night. Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was also in the house with governor Kirchner at the time. The protest turned violent as people tried to enter the governor’s house after midnight, with clashes between the police and protesters as well as damage to the governor’s home, as shown in lawmaker Wado de Pedro’s photos of the aftermath below. There were protests across the province, with approximately 7,000 people (including retirees, teachers and unpaid government workers) marching with torches against the provincial administration, which has been in crisis for a while. Read more: Alicia Kirchner Was ‘Trapped’ In Government Building For 9 Hours Due To Protests
— Wado de Pedro (@wadodecorrido) April 22, 2017
- Welcome, grandchild 122! The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo confirmed yesterday that they have recovered another grandson, one of the children of victims who were kidnapped and forcefully adopted during the military dictatorship between 1976-1983. While the identity of the parents have been revealed as Enrique Bustamante and Iris Nélida García Soler, who were forcefully disappeared in 1977, the grandson has yet to be publicly identified. There will be a press conference on Tuesday.
Confirmamos la restitución del #nieto122. Daremos detalles del caso este martes a las 13 en nuestra sede, Virrey Cevallos 592 piso 1 dto. 2
— Abuelas Plaza Mayo (@abuelasdifusion) April 23, 2017
- In the continued fight against corruption in the police and other security forces, both Buenos Aires province governor María Eugenia Vidal and the mayor of Buenos Aires City Horacio Rodríguez Larreta made important decisions over the weekend. Larreta has temporarily suspended the head of the City police, José María Potocar, because he is currently being investigated by the judicial system on counts of corruption. However, the city government has assured the public that this is just a preventive move and haven’t even established Potocar’s replacement, with security secretary Marcelo D’Alessandro standing in for him (for now). Meanwhile, news leaked over the weekend that Vidal is set to fire 10 of 24 high-ranking officers from the Buenos Aires Province police force. She already reduced the number of leaders of the force from 42 to 24 last year and is apparently anxious to avoid mishaps during the electoral year. The changes are set to happen within the next few days, so stay tuned!
- In the same week that US President Donald Trump reached the 100-day milestone, President Mauricio Macri reached 500 days as president over the weekend and the evaluations weren’t all particularly flattering, either. With the Peronist youth organization La Cámpora in the lead, the hashtags #500DiasDeMacri and #ElFracasoDeMacri (Macri’s failure) went viral yesterday. Meanwhile, the head of Content and Digital Strategy for the government, Julián Gallo, tweeted a series of screenshots allegedly showing La Cámpora’s social media strategy for the viral hashtags: “[How] interesting. [This is] how La Cámpora coordinates their actions on social media.”
— Andrés Larroque (@larroqueandres) April 23, 2017
Interesante. Cómo arma La Cámpora una acción en redes Sociales pic.twitter.com/NevDr3TZoI
— julian gallo (@gallo1) April 23, 2017
- In other viral news, a video of an independent journalist’s interview with a member of the Tupac Amaru also made the rounds on social media over the weekend. The man, who goes by the name “Arturo Maluco” on YouTube, travels around the Northern province of Jujuy, with multiple interviews from different sectors of society. The viral snippet is the woman’s answer to the question “What would you do if it were proven that Milagro Sala stole from the poor?” (Milagro Sala is the Tupac Amaru leader who has been in jail for well over a year). The answer? “All politicians steal money. If she stole, we had money to eat […] Cristina Kirchner stole from the poor, stole from the country, but poor people had enough to eat. Nowadays we don’t [and] we have to work from day to day.” Check out the full video here. Read more: A Possible Solution To The Milagro Sala Case
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!