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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Mauricio Macri accuses the government of “hunting down symbolic enemies”

In 2019, the head of government of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, and the then deputy head, Diego Santelli, who was also the minister of justice and security, presented the results of the “crime map” for that year., The results indicated a 28% year-on-year reduction in intentional killings and, as the government itself indicated in a statement, Thus, Buenos Aires became the third city with the lowest number of murders in the Americas, after Ottawa (Canada) and La Paz (Bolivia).

The same day I had lunch with a former security minister. “what are you doing?” he asked me. “By the car, I answered.” “Do you have this armor?” He had a second question. “No, for what?”, I answered with a question.

After some time I had coffee with another security minister. And this time I asked him. “Do we have to drive with an armored car?”. “I can’t think of it not being armored,” he told me.

In both cases it seemed like an exaggeration and I tried to interpret it as extreme caution when we know a subject deeply. For example, if we know about cars, it does not occur to us that we go along the route with any vehicle.

But “confidence kills man” is the popular saying. How could a man infiltrate the protesters waiting at the door of Christina’s house?

Was Christina Kirchner confident in herself? Did their patrons trust? Did the police trust you?

Everything seems to indicate yes. The answer will probably be found on that side. In Argentina we talk about insecurity but we attribute it to Greater Buenos Aires or Rosario. The insecurity in CABA is linked more to cell phone thefts than to murders. Elders walk their pets at night in many CABA neighborhoods. The latter does not occur in almost any other large city in Latin America.

Although faith or carelessness did not outweigh fear this time, we must bear in mind that it could end in tragedy.

It’s true that Christina instills passion. Loves and hates depending on which magnifying glass you look at. But none of this in any way justifies what happened. It is not about protecting democracy, it is about understanding that not only can a criminal organization cause harm, but it is also a lone wolf who can or cannot be blamed.

Column originally published in El Cronista.

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