The first hints of autumn were upon us this weekend, providing the perfect excuse to spend quality time with the newly-unearthed blankets that hadn’t seen the light of day since November. Or, if you were feeling particularly active, perhaps you went to the plaza to wistfully sunbathe in jeans before the cold really kicks in.
Let’s take a look at what else was going on, besides the colder weather, shall we?
- Tragedy struck a concert hosted by Indio Solari on Saturday night in the city of Olavarría (Buenos Aires province), as two people died and dozens were injured in an avalanche of fans. Several are still in hospital. There were 300,000 people present at the concert in a venue that was only supposed to house a maximum of 200,000. In the video below, the singer can be heard calling for security and for fans to be careful as “there are people on the floor up here [at the front] who can’t breathe.” “Let’s take care of each other,” he can be heard saying. Overcrowding is not uncommon in Argentina, which has a sad history of deaths due to past disregard for regulations such as the Cromañon tragedy. In an interview with journalist Luis Majul On Sunday, President Mauricio Macri said that “this sort of thing happens when the norms are ignored.” Read more: These Are Argentina’s Iconic Victims Organizing Tuesday’s Anti-Crime Protest
- More audios leaked from wire-tapped phones! Once again, the conversation allegedly takes place between former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Oscar Parrilli, former head of the Intelligence Agency (AFI). The audio, which was aired on the political TV show La Cornisa on Sunday night, allegedly shows Cristina telling Parrilli that they should “pressure [apretar] the judges” presiding over cases regarding Parrilli’s AFI predecessor, Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso. Although this doesn’t prove anything, it certainly doesn’t look good for the multiple accusations being faced by the former president and Parrilli due to previously leaked audios. All this, of course, if the audios are proved to be genuine. Read more: How The Latest Leaked Parrilli Audio Could Affect The Kirchnerite Camp
- Buenos Aires province governor María Eugenia Vidal has halted recruitment of new police officers in the territory’s 82 districts that have “Local Police.” Set up by her predecessor, Daniel Scioli, these forces are directly controlled by each district’s authorities, as opposed to the province’s main security force, the Buenos Aires Province Police (Policía Bonaerense). The move was announced by the provincial Security Minister Cristian Ritondo and, according to press, their intention is to reduce the districts’ forces according to population density. In areas with less than 70 thousand people, the Local Police would merge with the community police force, while in the more densely populated areas, there has been talk of reducing the amount of active officers by 30 percent. Vidal’s administration has been tough on the provincial police force since day one, attacking what was seen as endemic corruption and institutional abuse, and this new policy will no doubt bring more tension with the local mayors, who have already spoken out against the decision. Read more: Teachers’ Strike: Vidal Calls Unions To Round Of Negotiation On Friday, Will Present An ‘Improved’ Offer
- New research from the Adriana Zambrano Femicide Observatory and the National Women’s Commission has revealed that of the 290 femicides that occurred in 2016, 142 of them (or 48.2 percent) were committed against girls or adolescents. Two were babies (aged 0 to 1 years old), 38 were minors under the age of 18 and 102 were between the ages of 19 and 30. Among other damning evidence, the research shows that in 40.7 percent of the cases, the aggressors had a connection to the victim. The study comes in the aftermath of last week’s protests marking International Women’s Day. This year that does not, for now, look promising in this area, as 57 femicides were committed in the first 43 days. Read more: US State Department Report: Corruption, Police Brutality, And Femicides Remain Major Issues In Argentina
- Always the bringer of good news, Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren announced that gas prices are set to rise (again) by “about 30 or 40 percent” in April this year. In an interview with Radio Mitre, Aranguren said that “[Argentina] had 10 years of delusion in which [people were] led to believe that gas was free” and that “telling the truth has its [political] cost.” The official announcement will allegedly be made at the end of the month. Read more: Argentina’s Gas Prices Among The Highest In The Region
- And football is back! After months of uncertainty and in-fighting, the tournament was finally kicked into gear (pun unintended). On Saturday, Boca Juniors beat Banfield 2-0 and continues to be in the lead; River drew with Union (from Santa Fe province) 0-0 on Sunday, while Racing beat Lanús 3-0. Meanwhile, in tennis, Juan Martín del Potro beat fellow Argentine Federico Delbonis at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament by a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 score, and is set to face Novak Djokovic in the next round. Read more: Footballers’ Union And AFA Finally Reach An Agreement, Football Will Return Tomorrow
- Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices were published yesterday, with statistics compiled by the Management and Fit consultancy firm, showing a surprising increase by 0.6 and 0.1 points respectively despite a difficult week due to multiple protests.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!