The social movements that make up the ruling party they changed their minds and decided to send “a minimal delegation” to accompany from the street the speech by President Alberto Fernández before the Legislative Assembly that will open the ordinary sessions.
“A minimal delegation will go, but we have already made it clear that we do not support re-election,” sources from the sector highlighted, despite the fact that at first they had decided not to mobilize the Plaza del Congreso.
The decision not to attend had been made by the Evita Movement, Somos Barrios de Pie and the Unión Trabajadores de la Economía Popular (UTEP), groups that are part of the Frente de Todos and that have officials within the national administration, such as Emilio Pérsico , the president of La Patria de los Comunes, and Daniel Menéndez, officials of the Ministry of Social Development.
They did not want to get involved in the project of a sector of the Frente de Todos to position the president as a natural candidate for re-election.
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“There is not great enthusiasm from the militants for the President’s speech tomorrow,” said Gildo Onorato, a reference to the Evita Movement.
“We understand the institutional role that the Assembly fulfills and that is why a small delegation will be present. We have stated that Alberto’s re-election adventure is not viable, taking into account that we have great difficulties in our country,” he added.
In this context, they specified that the change in position is due to the intention of “accompanying the Government”, since these are groups that are part of the Frente de Todos and that have leaders that are part of the national administration.
“The mobilization is to support the direction of the Government and the projects that are announced, in addition to those that were pending because the opposition did not want to deal with them,” they remarked.
In addition, the sources consulted affirmed that “they are going to mobilize because it was agreed not to link the march to the electoral question”, in the midst of the official internal debate around the candidacies of the ruling coalition.
The top leaders of the Evita Movement, Somos Barrios de Pie and UTEP will participate in the mobilizationwith the exception of the Secretary of Parliamentary Relations of the Chief of Staff, Fernando “Chino” Navarro, who has an agenda in the interior of the country.
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Just a few hours before the decision was made, the national coordinator of Somos Barrios de Pie, Daniel Menéndez, pointed out that the social movements were waiting for “a centralized call” to attend the Plaza del Congreso to support President Alberto Fernández in the opening of sessions ordinary meetings and asked the Frente de Todos “not to isolate itself within four walls”.
“It seems prudent to us to find paths that do not cause more tension in the coalition that we are part of. We expected a centralized call and today we will evaluate what the future of tomorrow is like,” said the also undersecretary for Integration and Training Policies of the Ministry of Social Development.
Menéndez complained about the “exacerbation in the electoral discussion” and remarked that “the best presentation of the Frente de Todos in the face of the elections is that wages beat inflation.”
“We have a couple of months to work and reverse what happened in recent years,” said the national official, who called for “building a scenario of hope.”
In this sense, the social referent warned about “the situation of discontent and discouragement that exists in the people” and concluded: “I would do people a disservice if I got into those discussions that have to do with isolating ourselves in four walls and not contacting people’s demands, which is that we solve their problems.”
The secretary of the Buenos Aires branch of the Metallurgical Workers Union (UOM), Antonio Caló, for his part, explained that the unions were not going to mobilize in Congress because “there was no message” to summon them.
“There was no message from anyone for us to go tomorrow,” said the union leader in radio statements. “It’s not because we don’t want to, but because there was no message that they wanted us to go to Congress when the President speaks.”
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