December 12, 2013
Looting: Border Guards deployed to Bariloche
Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina announced yesterday that four hundred Border Guards were deployed to Bariloche, in Río Negro province, following the violent looting that took place in several local supermarkets on Thursday afternoon.
At least 50 masked people showing long sticks broke into two supermarkets in San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro province claiming food and goods for Christmas unleashing a morning of riots and looting as police forces arrived to the scene.
Río Negro province Governor Weretilneck assured that the looting are part of a plan to create upheaval. “We are not seeing incidents related to social conflicts or with survival. Breaking shop windows, Sterling TVs and burning cars is sending another message out,” he said, and added that the vans that carried the people who took part of the looting have been identified.
Reports stated that the thieves, who could have arrived from a neighbouring slum, turned the places over taking mostly appliances and LED TVs.
Police has arrived to the place to be welcomed by a rain of stones. The municipality informed they have not enough personnel to control the situation.
San Carlos de Bariloche Town Hall’s Secretary Oscar Borchici told reporters “We always hear rumours indicating lootings could happen, but this is totally insane. Plus, I don’t understand why they need to take LCD TVs.”
All supermarkets in the area have been closed for the rest of the day.