May 18, 2013
Garré orders deployment of 240 security forces members to Santa Cruz
Security Minister Nilda Garré ordered the deployment of 240 armed forces members including border guards, prefecture officers and Federal Police officers to Santa Cruz province, following Governor Daniel Peralta’s request to guarantee security due to the provincial police strike, which is on its consecutive 15th day.
The armed forces will arrive tonight to Santa Cruz’s capital Río Gallegos and will then be relocated along the province.
Earlier today, the Security Ministry released a communiqué stating that “shortly after noon on Tuesday July 17th, the Security Ministry received a message from the Santa Cruz Governor requesting the aid of federal armed forces in accordance to articles 23 and 24 of national law 24,059.”
On Monday Santa Cruz Government Minister Paola Knoop confirmed that the Peralta administration had sent a request to Minister Garré asking her to intervene to guarantee the security of the province, as stated by Interior Security law 24,059.”
The Santa Cruz police officers have been holding a strike for over two weeks, they demand a wage hike. The provincial government assured that a 34 percent wage hike is their last offer on the matter.