New Protests Protocol Argentina

Patricia Bullrich Announces Protocol Against Protests

Patricia Bullrich Announces Protocol Against Protests-Argentina

Patricia Bullrich announced that the new Argentine government will not allow street closures prompted by protests and urged against involving children.

The Minister of Security held a press conference to unveil the new public order protocol, stating that social organizations will be billed for the cost of each operation.

Bullrich emphasized that the government will take action to prevent protesters from entering Buenos Aires, the epicenter of most demonstrations.

“We will act until traffic is restored,” she asserted. “Those who create disruptions will be held accountable. If they take to the streets, there will be consequences; we will restore order in the country so that people can live in peace,” she declared.

Furthermore, Bullrich warned that there will be penalties for those bringing children to protests. “We will not allow them to be used as shields,” she stated. Another noteworthy point is that the government will invoice social organizations for the expenses incurred during security operations.

 

 

At the beginning of the live broadcast, Bullrich stated,

“The purpose of this protocol is that ‘those who create disruptions will be held accountable.’ On the other hand, it is to establish a protocol that protects federal forces in the performance of their duties. It is crucial to understand that we have lived for many years in absolute disorder. It is time to end this methodology that only leads to disorder and a lack of compliance with the law,” she emphasized.

 

 

 

Here is an overview of the public order maintenance protocol:

  1. The four federal forces plus the federal prison service will intervene in the face of street closures, protests, and blockades, whether partial or total.
  2. Forces can intervene according to current procedural codes, particularly if a crime is committed in flagrante. The crimes will be determined according to Article 194 of the Penal Code, and federal forces can act in flagrante.
  3. Alternative routes will not be considered. If the main route is blocked, it must be cleared, even if there is an alternative route.
  4. Actions will be taken until the circulation space is freed.
  5. The forces will use the minimum necessary and sufficient force, graduated according to resistance.
  6. Perpetrators, accomplices, and instigators of the crime will be identified.
  7. Vehicles and drivers used will be identified, and all existing administrative and/or criminal offenses will be recorded.
  8. Vehicles not complying with traffic regulations or whose drivers lack the required documentation will be seized.
  9. Inspection will take place at train stations when individuals with items that should be confiscated, such as sticks or masks, are detected.
  10. Information on perpetrators, accomplices, participants, instigators, and organizers will be forwarded to the relevant authorities.
  11. In case of environmental damage during demonstrations, a competent judge will be notified.
  12. In the case of the participation of children and adolescents, the competent authority for their protection will be notified, and sanctions will be imposed on those bringing minors to protests.
  13. All costs related to security operations will be invoiced to responsible organizations or individuals.
  14. Information on foreigners with temporary residence will be sent to the National Directorate of Migration.

A registry of organizations participating in such events and consistently acting as spokespersons for these types of demonstrations will be created.

Reactions by the Worker Sector:

“The “public order” is being undermined by the government through an unprecedented and brutally harsh austerity measure. In the face of this, there is no “protocol” that can prevent the inevitable social protest that this austerity will unleash,” Gabriel Soto, CABA deputy.

 

 

Hours before Bullrich’s conference, Eduardo Belliboni, head of the Piquetero Struggle Front, requested a meeting with the Secretary of Childhood and Family, Pablo de la Torre, to address social issues exacerbated by rising prices of essential goods. Belliboni expressed concerns about the freeze of the Potenciar Trabajo programs, as it would leave over a million people without a crucial income for daily sustenance.

“Press conference in response to Patricia Bullrich’s announcements. The Workers’ Party (Partido Obrero) and the Workers’ Pole (Polo Obrero) are convening a press conference today at 6:30 PM at Mitre 2162 in response to Patricia Bullrich’s statements,” Eduardo Belliboni.

 

 

Watch the Press Conference by Partido Obrero and Polo Obrero:

 

 

Partial Translation of the Press Conference:

“It seemed pertinent to quickly hold a press conference in light of the announcements made a couple of hours ago by Minister Bullrich. We consider it a real provocation. This government had two announcements: one by Minister Caputo the other day, which we quickly labeled as a war plan against the people, an aggression not seen in a long time—a significant devaluation, an 80% increase in fuel prices in 15 days, and public employee layoffs.

The new threat emerging now is to remove pension mobility and replace it with a decree-based increase for the chainsaw government to govern with the 2023 budget when inflation will be extremely high. International banks predict 60% inflation in January alone.

This is an aggression plan against the people, and in any part of the world, Argentina included, such a level of aggression inevitably leads to social protests by workers, youth, retirees, and social movements. This is inevitable worldwide; Argentina is no exception.

Seeing that this will inevitably happen, the complement to Caputo’s plan is the recent statements by Minister Bullrich, which we classify as an illegal threat. The minister has no legal instrument to carry out what she said would happen in Argentina.

There is a right to protest standing by the National Constitution, and that right is clear. If the government wants to suspend the constitutional guarantees, it has a way: send the request for a state of siege to Congress. So far, we haven’t heard that the minister has sent the state of siege request; instead, she plans to send a bill to Congress, acknowledging that she lacks the legal and juridical instruments to apply what she said she would. Let’s be clear: if people can’t mobilize on the streets or even block a road, the right to protest is directly abolished.

We heard today that the minister hasn’t sent the state of siege request. She will send a bill to Congress, recognizing through this avenue that she lacks the legal and juridical instruments to apply what she said she would. To summarize, the minister has placed herself in illegality, violating the National Constitution and urging Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires Province, and the rest of the country’s governors to join her.

We are very clear here; what we are saying is that the problem of the protest is not affecting those of us sitting here; it is a general order problem. There are layoffs in public administration; manifestations are not allowed; retirees who won’t be able to demonstrate are facing a significant tariff increase. If Patricia Bullrich wants to prohibit this, she doesn’t have the legal authority. If she intends to do it anyway, she will place herself in illegality. We reaffirm the right to petition, the right to manifest, the right to defend oneself against such aggression.

Adding to Gabriel’s points, adhering to all the concepts he raised, fortunately, renowned jurists are studying the legal problems and supporting Gabriel’s claim, which is our claim. Article 194 mentioned by Patricia can only be applied by a judge.

In Argentina, there has been a change in government, not a change in the political regime. To change the political regime, the laws must call for a Constituent Assembly and modify the country’s legal framework. This has not happened in Argentina. There is only a change of government. We are facing a scenario where there are threats after a war plan against workers.

Patricia Bullrich came to threaten those who will logically protest; they will not accept having a Christmas without even a plate of food. I want to inform you that the social organizations in this country that feed 11 million people nationwide should have received food on Tuesday. They didn’t receive food on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, and people eating in a popular dining room, given today’s prices that will continue to rise, are facing a real attack, a brutal adjustment, threatened with repression.

It will not succeed. Patricia Bullrich, when she was minister, did not succeed. Someone who wants to stop the popular anger that is generating will not succeed, and this will be expressed in the streets peacefully, as the constitutionalist says. Of course, when we did this peacefully, we have always mobilized, under Cristina Fernández’s government, under Macri’s government, and we will also do it with Milei’s government. There is no doubt about that.

Tomorrow there will be a large meeting, a huge meeting, and we take advantage of the presence of the media to call on everyone to attend this meeting at 5 p.m. at the University Professors Union. More than 50 human rights organizations, political parties, student organizations, environmental organizations have already been called.

Tomorrow at the University Professors Union, we will discuss, and of course, we invite all those who want to adhere. The meeting is open; we invite everyone who feels affected by this, not by what a leader says or what another person says, but by what will directly affect them, which is the inalienable right to protest, as Gabriel said.

It is absolutely unconstitutional what the minister said, to the point that she has to send a law because she lacks the legal instruments. Clearly, we are going to unite; we are going to be thousands, and there will probably be 50,000 people on the streets. Let me ask a rhetorical question: Can 50,000 people march on the sidewalk? Let’s be serious, please,” Press Conference Partido Obrero, and Polo Obrero.

See Relevant:

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Milei’s Administration Tuesday’s Press Conference

 


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