Cristina Fernandez: Maldonado Case is the Most Grave Facing Argentine Government

Cristina Fernandez: Maldonado Case is the Most Grave Facing Argentine Government

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner holds up a photo of Santiago Maldonado at a rally in La Plata, Argentina, August 30, 2017 | Photo: @CFKArgentina

 

Maldonado was last seen on August 1 at an Indigenous protest in the south of the country which was suppressed by the police.

Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner says the case of the missing activist Santiago Maldonado is the most serious facing the government.

During a campaign speech in La Plata, Fernandez held up a photograph of the young man who disappeared a month ago.

Maldonado was last seen on August 1 at an Indigenous protest in the south of the country which was suppressed by the police.

Fernandez said it was “the most terrible, the most serious, the most painful” case confronting the nation’s President Mauricio Macri.

“It is no longer just the economic issue, nor the very tough economic adjustment and what comes next,” she insisted in reference to Macri’s controversial reforms.

On Tuesday, Fernandez was declared the winner of Buenos Aires province in Argentina’s primary elections for National Senator.

She is standing as a candidate for the Citizen’s Unity coalition.

Her address to the party in La Plata commemorated the International Day of the Disappeared.

She criticized media complicity with the authorities in regard to Maldonado’s case.

Fernandez said “television channels only transmit what the government wants” and accused broadcasters of exhibiting “a dizziness of power ..that may be the cause of the forced disappearance of Santiago Maldonado. Show power and anyone who protests will submit. ”

She added,”The government has to guarantee that those who oppose it are not enemies, they are citizens who have the right to demonstrate.”

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