Former Domestic Trade Secretary and vociferous Kirchnerite Guillermo Moreno has gone to bat against the Macri administration with a few extremely controversial words: not only did he compare President Mauricio Macri’s administration to Jorge Rafael Videla’s military dictatorship, but he concluded that the current administration is far worse.
“Videla threw people into the sea, but he didn’t take food away from them. He didn’t mess with food prices,” he said on the television program La Pura Vida, to the shock of producers.
He went further with his visceral comparison: “When you take food from people’s mouths, forget it, it’s over…[it] generates systemic ungovernability.”
His comments refer to Videla’s dictatorship which “disappeared” 30,000 Argentines. One such way of disappearing people was through the death flights, a form of extrajudicial killing in which victims were dropped from planes into the ocean.
Moreno himself is a well-known member of the Kirchners’ inner circle, with a reputation that precedes him. He is known to have played a much larger role and was named by the Financial Times as the “de facto economy minister” and Bloomberg once called him “the most feared government official.”
Moreno’s comments come in the wake of rising inflation and food prices due to Macri’s austerity measures. As a result the administration announced over the weekend that it would be increasing funding for public food programs.