Gov't pairs Moyano with 70s 'traitor' assasinated unionist
Senator Aníbal Fernández aimed all cannons against Peronist CGT Labour Confederation boss Hugo Moyano after yesterday’s massive national strike and accused the teamster of being “a traitor” and a “tell-tale” of the Rural Society and Clarín's Media group CEO Héctor Magnetto.
During a radio interviedw, the official referred to the CGT head as “Augusto Timoteo Moyano” in a clear reference to former Metal workers’ union boss in the 1970s Augusto Timoteo Vandor, who was shot dead at the union’s headquarters hall in 1969 by a five-man commando group after being accused of being a traitor to Perón.
We are not going to change”, an intimidating Fernández threw back and mocked the measure organized by Moyano along with the CTA umbrella union led by Pablo Micheli as he downplayed the success of the strike.
“As German Abadala [Peronist unionist 1955-1993] used to say: ‘if the Rural Society congratulates you, it means that you have crossed streets, change teams’,” the former Cabinet Chief remarked.
The bashing continued as Fernández said: “Augusto Timoteo Moyano is a snitcher of Héctor Magnetto [Clarín Media Group CEO], who’s the only political opposition in this country.
Furthermore, the Senator sent a straight message on how the government understands massive claims: “The President [Fernández de Kirchner] may be left alone with her tell-tales, but we are not going to change because the traitor of Moyano calls a national strike.”
Vandor joined the Peronist movement in 1947. After the 1955 coup that pushed Juan Domingo Perón to the exile, Vandor was jailed for 6 months. In 1958 with the return of democracy and the election of President Arturo Frondizi (UCR Intransigente - Radical Party), Vandor returned to unionist activities as he was appointed as head of the UOM Metal workers’ union. He became Peron’s right hand as the latter was already settled in Madrid, Spain from where he commanded the Peronist force.
In 1964 Vandor was the great promoter of Peron’s return t the country on December 2. Vandor even travelled to Madrid to join the flight that would bring the leader back to South America. But when doing a stop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the military dictatorship then ruling the neighboring giant received them with precise orders of heading back to Spain in what was considered a favor done to the Argentine military junta that had just left power a year ago.
But close people to Perón, and the very same leader, started thinking that the bounce-back had actually been planned by Vandor in order to show the Argentine people that the leader could not come back to the country and more than all that a Peronism without Perón should take the reigns, and no one better that Vandor to lead the way.
A five-man commando linked to the “Revolutionary Peronism” faction prepared what they called “Mission Judah”. On June 30, 1969 they broke into the UOM’s headquarters armed with five machine guns, six pistols, and 3 kilos of trotyl or TNT since in case of not finding Vandor the plan included blowing up the building.
They found Vandor at his office and killed him in cold-blood with five shots. Then they set TNT underneath the leader’s desk and blew up the place.
In a communiqué released in 1971 by the perpetrators taking responsibility for the murder, they end it saying: “There will be no forgiveness for the Judahs. May all union leaders choose freely their destiny. Hail the Nation!”