Several Latin American leaders and former presidents gathered this Tuesday in the Argentine capital to defend current Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, He was sentenced to 6 years in prison and disqualified To hold public office due to corruption.
call members Puebla group – The Forum of Representatives of Progressive Latin America – formed in 2019 in the Mexican city and named after it – arrived in Buenos Aires this week for the meeting. Former Presidents of Bolivia (Evo Morales), Ecuador (Rafael Correa) and Uruguay (Jose Pepe Mojica) among those who attended the event. The former Spanish president also attended José Luis Zapatero and attorney Baltasar Garzon.
The meeting of politicians was called “Popular Will and Democracy.” From the Military Party to the Judicial Party, Threats to Democracy »and took place at the Cultural Kirchner Center (CCK) in Buenos Aires. In the context of this event, the book “The Target: Christina” was published. The “legal war ‘against democracy in Argentina'”, conceived by the same Puebla group.
Speech by Christina Kirchner
Among the most prominent statements on Tuesday were those made by al-Faqih Balthazar Garzon, who asserted that “the media indicates that Christina is an unworthy person, I say that the unworthy are those who sign that sentence.” For his part, Correa said that “guilt or innocence would be an irrelevant detail for the judges under political and media pressure,” adding, “the judges committed an insult.” For his part, former Spanish President Zapatero said: “It is not permissible for us to legalize politics, because justice ends with politicization and severe damage to legal institutions.”
Although the meeting of regional leaders and ex-leaders started at about 5:00 pm local time, the most anticipated speech was that of the Vice President Christina Fernandez de KirchnerIt happened just after 9:00 p.m.—nearly three hours after the announcement—and lasted 35 minutes, after several representatives of other countries had expressed themselves.
Entering the stage of the event, the current Argentine Vice President spoke of the meeting as “A night filled with caresses, blows after many blows, and even attempted shootings», referring to the attack on his person that took place on September 1 in Buenos Aires. Once the official had spoken, many of those present at the meeting encouraged her to shout “Christina the President,” despite not knowing whether she would be a candidate in the presidential election.
A few minutes later, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner focused her speech on the “legal war”, about which she said “it is the criminalization of politics, but not all politics, but politics that have to do with the distribution of income, with the rise of social mobility so that our societies do not crystallize among the rich and the poor.”
In turn, the official said: “They oppress us because we are equal to society, and the right of workers to participate fairly in what they produce.” He then went so far as to say, “I don’t care if they put me in jail.”
Absence of Alberto Fernandez
Among the statements that caught the attention of the local press was the absence of Alberto Fernandez from the match. Although the Argentine president met earlier with some members of the Puebla group, the official was absent from the event. The Argentine media interpreted this as another sign of distance between the president and vice president.
In a year of presidential elections, tensions run high among officials while a candidate is decided by the ruling party. And the local press confirms that the president wants to be re-elected, but he does not have the approval of his party.