Macri Government represses once every six days, according to ECA

On 9 April last agents of the police, on the orders of Macri, clamped down on gas pepper teachers protesting peacefully. | Photo: ALBA movements

Between December 2015 and 2017 March 83 cases of repression in Argentina were recorded for 475 days of Government Mauricio Macri, i.e. a repressive episode for every 5.7 days, according to a study by the center of economy policy Argentina (ECA).
The province of Buenos Aires, ruled by María Eugenia Vidal, is the place where have been recorded most of these repressive events, with a 26.5 per cent of cases; followed by the city of Buenos Aires, directed by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, with 16.9 percent; and then Mendoza, Jujuy, Santa Fe and Salta, is located at 6 percent.
Comparing the first quarter of 2016 with the 2017, “there is a greater than 100 percent increase: the conflicts of repression were 3 per month and soar to 7 per month.” “At trials, the incidence is doubled: from 1 to 2 per month”, says the report.
These repressive episodes are understood as “all that claim social or labour, with or without prior organization, which finds as response action of the forces of security with some degree of physical violence”.
Manuel Tufró, Coordinator of the team of democratic security and institutional violence of the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), told the daily Tiempo Argentino that conflict is at the same time the loss of purchasing power.
“What has changed is that this Government has a different ideology: see the repression as the best way of ending the protests, which increasingly are the product of the deepening of the economic crisis”.