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Kirchnerites ready for May 25 demonstration

Preparations are underway for the government’s celebrations Saturday.

It won’t be just a national holiday. The “massive celebration” that the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration will be holding today can also be read as a government relaunch in crisis time.

The day marks not only the 203rd anniversary of the May Revolution but also a decade since former president Néstor Kirchner came to power and main Kirchnerite leaders expressed it was about time to show some support after a couple of months filled with political battles and corruption accusations.

“On May 25 we have a double obligation: Celebrate the May Revolution and support with all our strength our Head of State in this decade won,” said Presidential Chief-of-Staff Oscar Parrilli.

“Our President is being slandered, offended and insulted. They even messed with her dogs,” said the Kirchnerite official following a series of remarks regarding the pet photos tweeted days ago by Fernández de Kirchner. But also allegations in the mainstream media that businessmen laundered tens of millions of euros obtained from public work contracts.

“We will have to confirm our love, trust and support for the socio-economic model that began in 2003, in order for it to thrive,” said Parrilli.

However, the head of state is “stronger than ever,” Parrilli said during a rally he joined in along with Federal Planning Minister Julio de Vido and Neuquén province Governor Jorge Sapag.

Meanwhile, Kirchnerite provincial Deputy Fernando “Chino” Navarro predicted half a million people would be joining today's government-backed celebration.

“We are going to bring our love together with social organizations,” said Navarro, a leader of the Kirchnerite group Movimiento Evita.

Navarro promised to bring 70,000 activists himself.

Navarro, who in recent days starred in a bizarre saga over an official Néstor Kirchner film, professed gratitude as Néstor and Cristina Kirchner’s governments, he said, were “the best we’ve ever had” since democracy returned in 1983.

“But this doesn’t mean we’re satisfied. On the contrary, we’d like to solve some other issues and mend what is to be mended,” the lawmaker added.

‘They lost their memories’

Carta Abierta, a group of pro-government intellectuals, were angry yesterday over the money-laundering allegations involving Patagonian businessman Lázaro Báez.

“How the hell should I know how he made his money?!”, shouted Kirchnerite philosopher Ricardo Forster during a radio programme. “They should make the claims, try to prove them and then take them to court.”

“Compressing politics into the eternal scarecrow of corruption is to return to the very line of thought which destroyed democracy,” he concluded.

Other members of the Kirchnerite think tank confined themselves to the decade’s balance.

“During these last 10 years we took something back that was snatched from us,” said sociologist Carlos Girotti, also from Carta Abierta.

However, he regretted that “the same urban middle class that has seen their quality of life improved since 2001 have lost their memory. They echo some of what’s coming from the sewers and political gossip and aren’t even able to prove (those claims)”

Echoes of 2010

The celebration is being organized by the Bicentennial Unit, the office responsible for the artistic events surrounding the 200th anniversary of the birth of Argentine nationhood in 2010.

More than six million people took part in those celebrations, surprising members of the opposition.

The government team plans to replicate this “party climate” again by putting on a series of cultural and musical numbers, including Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodríguez.

Triumphant tones will continue next Tuesday, when Fernández de Kirchner is scheduled to join the president of YPF oil company Miguel Galuccio in the inauguration of an extension in the Luján de Cuyo refinery in the province of Mendoza.

Herald staff with DyN

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