'I do not want to live like they do in Venezuela,' protestersTuesday, October 6, 2009
Demonstrators gather against Media Bill, Rabbi Bergman says 'the nation is protesting'
Along with ruralist Alfredo De Angeli and protester Raúl Castells, Rabbi Sergio Bergman led a rally in front of the national Parliament, during which he asked senators not to approve the Media Bill.
At the same time, he asked society not to "fall into a moral trap" which, according to him, is what the Bill would lead to.
"If they swear on behalf of this nation, this nation is protesting. Loyalty is not for a company," said Bergman.
During a rally led at the Dos Congresos plaza, Bergman asked citizens to go in-depth with their claims, saying that "We can not just only protest when they affect our pockets. It is time to define our principles, it is time that everyone come out across the country."
"What this Bill wants is for small and medium-sized businesses nationwide to no longer have a work source or the service of information. Just like they draw up their own Indec data, they want to draw up their version of everything else," he added.
The rally gathered 7,000 people, although police sources calculated a much smaller amount.
"These 7,000 people that are gathered here had no fear and they did not let themselves be fooled. We did not come here to talk for any one party, but instead to talk for everyone," said the Rabbi.
"We want to explain to them how important it is that we could be left without the liberty to express ourselves. What is happening does not have to do with what they are going, but instead has to do with what we are allowing by means of omission," added Bergman.
"There is censorship, persecution towards those who do not agree with the Kirchners' government, and there is a systematic silence on the part of the opposition," said Eduardo Zanini, the pro-secretary for the Buenos Aires Press Association's Professional Affairs.
According to Zanini, "we have to be finished with the Santa Cruz model, where 90 percent of the media is in the hands of the Kirchners."
The rally was organized by the groups of Arentina sin Mordaza, Ojo Cívico and Argentina Ciudadana, and some demonstrators held signs that said "I do not want to live like they do in Venezuela."