Just a few minutes after Cristina Fernández de Kirchner finished her keynote speech at UMET, she took to the streets. Dozens of Cristina fighters were waiting for them, grouped around an improvised stage and chanting: “Gorila will not reach you, the gasoline will not reach you. If they touch Cristina, what a mess will ensue.” The vice president smiled, waved and blew kisses. “The truth is that I really wanted to get in touch with all of you, but I also really needed to say what I thought was happening,” he began, as some militants shouted loving words at him. At that moment, the vice president did something she had not done before: she apologized for the national government’s mistakes in recent years.
“I understand why there was so much hope and expectation and it couldn’t be fulfilled. And with that in mind, I want to apologize if we haven’t been able to fulfill it, but believe me, I’ve tried many times,” he said in a veiled criticism of Alberto Fernández, interrupting himself right there: “But it’s worth it “Not, we have to move forward because we need Argentine society to know what a problem our economy really has.”
Sarmiento Street was filled with militants from La Cámpora, Nuevo Encuentro and the various groups that make up Homeland is the Other, led by “Cuervo” Larroque. There were even people on the balconies and at one point CFK had a girl come up from the audience and wanted her to sign one of the flags. It was the first time the vice president had carried out such an act more spontaneously and publicly since she attempted to assassinate her more than a year ago. He had attended other public events, but these were more organized, with multiple security cordons and searches. This time it was different. “I was even afraid,” admitted a Christian leader who listened to her present the new edition of the book at UMET.
“Dead or locked up, I don’t care, I will never shut up. Know it,” CFK exclaimed at the end of the event.