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Loyalty Day, October 17, exalts support for Alberto Fernández – RBA

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São Paulo – Car rides started in downtown Buenos Aires were replicated in different parts of Argentina, this Saturday (17th), when Peronism celebrated the 75th anniversary of October 17th. The demonstration that had been designed to be virtual ended up taking to the streets and became an act of support for the government of Alberto Fernández. The president is the target of destabilizing movements in a sector of economic power and opposition. Under the pretext of confronting the government’s harsh measures to tackle the pandemic, opposition – which failed like the government of Mauricio Macri, also tries to sabotage the management of the country’s economic recovery.

President Alberto Fernández ended up closing the central act at the headquarters of the General General Workers (CGT) with a message of unity. “We were born from the love of Perón and Evita, we live the love of Néstor and Cristina, we only feel love for our people. There is no hate or bitterness here. What exists is the desire to put Argentina on its feet once and for all, ”said Fernández. Governors, mayors, union members and social leaders, representing all sectors of his party, came to support him. The event could be followed by the networks, but not on the virtual demonstration site 75Octubres.ar, which was a cyber attack and was out of operation.

The October 17 story

The 17 of October is celebrated by the Peronist movement since 1945. Two years before, Argentina had suffered a coup led by military sympathizers of Nazifascism. Also in the military, Juan Domingo Perón became Minister of Labor and took advantage of the space to adopt the expansion of labor rights and proximity to unions. Like Getulio Vargas, in Brazil, the objective was to win support from the masses and prevent the union movement from being led by socialists and communists. The Argentine elite was upset. Perón was arrested on October 8. The workers’ movement sparked demonstrations, with the CGT at the head, and the leader – who would become president the following year – was released nine days later.

The attack, and the reaction of Alberto Fernández

The demonstration this 17th of October was expected to be virtual, in line with the isolation measures. The site would be launched at 1 pm so that people could choose an avatar and a stage and start the experience of participating in the online mobilization. The expectation was for a massive presence, since in the previous days more than 7 million people had visited the page.

But at the time of connection, the page suffered a cyber attack synchronized by 40 servers from different parts of the world. After the experience was frustrated, the act could be followed on social networks without problems. But the Peronist movement’s militancy returned to the streets. The information is from the newspaper Page | 12.

“We are going to put this Argentina on its feet. We are going to heal this sick Argentina, ”added Alberto Fernández in the same tone. He mentioned Pope Francis and his expression “first, last” to explain his concern about the crisis generated by the coronavirus. “If you abandon the latter, that society will never be worthwhile, it will be unjust.”

The president compared the current situation with that caused by the devastating San Juan earthquake in 1944, a circumstance in Juan Domingo Perón and Evita met. “Once and a thousand times they have already done everything to make Peronism disappear from Earth, but they could not, because Peronism reached people’s guts and gave them rights,” said Fernández. When it ended, shortly after 5 pm, the Peronist March gave way so that militants could demonstrate in all parts of the country. Thus, the virtual celebration programmed for pandemic moments was consolidated.


One of the greatest isolations in the world is the target of “antiquarentena”

BrasildeFato – The maintenance of social isolation in Argentina, seven months after its implementation, has raised questions about its efficiency. It has also been constantly attacked by the anti-quarantine movement. In the first months, the country had the lowest rates of contagion evolution in the region. Now, and until the closing of this report, it occupies the 6th position in the world ranking of contagions by covid-19, with 917 thousand accumulated cases, according to the World Health Organization. How to interpret this change of scenario?

Currently, Buenos Aires already has its stores reopened, and the flow
of people on the streets of the federal capital is remarkable. A weekly drop in
40% has been recorded in contagion rates in the province since August.
“That was the quarantine time that we had. This made
never exceed 71% occupancy [nos hospitais]”Declared the
governor of Buenos Aires province Axel Kicillof, in an interview with
Télam.

The high rates of contagion now point to the provinces of the interior of the country. President Alberto Fernández himself said in the last announcement to extend the quarantine until October 25 that contact with the capital took the virus to areas that previously had few cases of covid-19. “Other provinces came to seek supplies, food, and needs from each poorer province, and the virus began to circulate locally, practically throughout the country,” he explained, pointing to a graph that showed an accelerated increase in the provinces in recent months.

Graph shows the evolution of confirmed cases of covid-19 throughout the Argentine territory / Reproduction

World’s largest quarantine

“Speaking of ‘the world’s largest quarantine’ requires specifying exactly what we are referring to,” points out infectologist Martín Hojman, from Rivadavia Hospital. “In Argentina, as in all countries, the situation is very variable according to regionality. There are many activities allowed, depending on each province. The use of the pandemic politically was brutal in the country, identifying those who want to maintain isolation measures with the government and those who do not want the opposition, ”he adds.

Argentina was the first country to advance with the arrival of the pandemic in the territory. At that time, little was known about the behavior and spread of the virus, so when counting three dead and 128 confirmed cases, President Alberto Fernández declared social isolation in Argentina, preventive and mandatory to contain the contagions of the coronavirus.

From March 19 until then, the scenario has changed radically. From international recognition for the measure and high popularity of the president, the pressure of the opposition against the government has increased – not only in relation to quarantine, but with this issue always present -, as well as that of the economic sector.

In the most recent period, anti-quarantine demonstrations are more and more frequent and what has been called “social fatigue” has led the population to leave home beyond the permitted activities.

A comparative graph of the number of deaths by covid-19 has been circulated on social networks to point out the case of social isolation in Argentina as a supposed failure. However, it reveals precisely this change in the behavior of the population in the country, which corresponded to an increase in the circulation of people and, consequently, of the virus.

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Graph disseminated on social networks points to an increase in cases of death per million inhabitants / Our World in Data

Alberto Fernández’s reopening plan

In response to social and economic sector pressures, the government announced on July 17 a plan for a gradual reopening, adapted in different phases according to the level of contagion in each province. From this month onwards, the death curve has also increased sharply.

It is worth mentioning that the peak, registered on October 3,
corresponds to an update of more than 3 thousand deaths by covid-19, in
province of Buenos Aires, which were not yet on the official register
of deaths from delays in the private sector.

“A certain easing caused a new outbreak of contagion”, he evaluates
Argentine political analyst Jorge Falcone. “To this we must add the
very radicalized opposition that confronts the quarantine as if it were
dealt with an authoritarian policy, arbitrarily adopted. ”

According to Falcone, a more honest criticism would be directed at measures that the
government did not take, like the redistribution of wealth to contain the
critical moment of the population.

“The conjuncture shows a government that is obliged to make the
quarantine, evidencing not having many cards to play with
citizenship that upholds an alleged ethics of care ”, he says. “Without
doubt, adopting a preventive isolation policy was, globally,
a correct criterion. But do not complement with economic measures of
income redistribution is beginning to show the polarizations of
its recessive consequences. ”

Health system

The Ministry of Health in Argentina was resumed with the current government,
since ex-president Mauricio Macri disassembled the briefcase, as well as
cut the health budget by 25%. With the change of government and
the pandemic coming just three months after Fernández took over, the
social isolation was instrumental in opening new hospitals and
adapt the health system to what was to come, as explained
Martín Hojman.

“The purpose of these health measures is to make the health system
health does not collapse. And that didn’t happen in Argentina, as it did in
other countries: people dying on the streets, hospitalized in the corridors of
hospitals. This started to happen in some provinces where the system
health has always been very precarious ”, he points out.

The concern with the new scenario in Argentina is the focus of contagions in the provinces of the interior of the country. Until then, the most critical area was concentrated in the most populous area, the metropolitan area of ​​Buenos Aires, with 15 million inhabitants. In the provinces, with less sanitary capacity, there is an aggravating factor. Therefore, restrictive circulation measures were resumed again especially in these regions of the country.

President Alberto Fernández asked all Argentines for understanding to maintain sanitary security measures during his last announcement. “We are subjected to attacks that sometimes make us believe that care and prevention are not necessary. We need governments that build joint action and citizens that understand the moment we live in ”, he concluded.

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11 million Bolivians will have free vaccine against covid

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São Paulo – Former Bolivian President Evo Morales commented, this Wednesday (21st), the importance of youth in the electoral process that led Luis Arce, from the Movement to Socialism (MAS), to victory in the presidential election of October 18 . “Young people saw what it is like to live under the right and the dictatorship. And they reflected on how we were with our revolution and how we were under the coup, ”he said. Evo was overthrown by a coup in November 2019 that brought lawyer and TV presenter Jeanine Áñez to the presidency. With 90% of the official count completed. at 3:40 pm on this Wednesday (21st), Luis Arce approaches 55% of the valid votes. “What was at stake on October 18 was to go back to the past with the privatists or continue to the future with the nationalists,” said Evo Morales in an interview with Breno Altman (watch below).

Asked how the country will recover from the economic crisis aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic, he replied that it will be with the presence of the state. The Bolivian guaranteed that Bolivia will normalize relations with China, Cuba, “some European countries” and Russia. “Those who once asked for market, market, market, now say State, State State, in the face of the pandemic.”

Vaccine against covid-19

“We are going to face the pandemic. When we have the vaccine, we will distribute it to all 11 million Bolivians for free. ” According to him, tackling the pandemic and the crisis will be done through joint work between the federal government, governors and mayors.

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro not only boycotts health policies, but goes further. On Wednesday, he forbade the country to buy the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac, which would have 46 million doses through negotiations with the state of São Paulo announced the day before by the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello. “I don’t give up my authority”, justified the Brazilian’s head of state.

South America

About neighbors in South America, Evo Morales highlighted the “profound ideological and programmatic difference” between MAS and the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, from Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and the former Argentine president Mauricio Macri. But it was diplomatic. “Whether it is left or right, we must work together respecting our differences. South Americans cannot be isolated, ”he said.

Morales acknowledged that he may have been mistaken as president. “I was wrong, but I am a human being,” he said. “Now we have experience in public management, and we are going to take Bolivia forward, united, organized.” He affirmed that the new government will make “a pact of union between the parties of the right, businessmen and workers, a great national agreement, to raise the economy”, adding: “The moment is to consolidate our process of change, democracy does not end on election day ”.

Evo has been in Argentina since December 2019, where he went into exile after the coup in the country. He said that the return to his country still has no forecast. In an interview with BBC Brazil, the president-elect was not positive about the possible participation of the ex-president in the new government. “If Evo Morales wants to help us, he will be very welcome. But that does not mean that Morales will be in the government. It will be my government, ”he said.

Check out Evo Morales interview with Breno Altman

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