December 9, 2013
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Leftists campaign in Neuquén
Leftist parties took their campaign for the October midterm elections to Neuquén yesterday, protesting against the measure that would allow the US$1.24 billion shale oil deal between YPF and Chevron to move forward, which is almost certain to pass the provincial legislature today.
Workers’ Leftist Front (FIT) party lead candidates Jorge Altamira and Myriam Bregman, as well as UNEN Coalition Sur lead Senate candidate Fernando “Pino” Solanas, all arrived to participate in demonstrations against the bill.
The leftist candidates, along with student and activist groups, organized demonstrations to reject the bill that they claim will exploit Neuquén’s resources, pollute the environment and hurt the workers.
FIT candidates were forced to hold a news conference outdoors, when they were prevented from holding it inside the provincial legislature.
“They only prevented us leftist candidates from entering the conference room, but you could see other lawmakers entering without any problems,” Neuquén Workers’ Leftist Front Senate candidate Patricia Jure told the Herald.
She added that their party would begin the protest with a sit-in, which will continue into today and hold various street demonstrations. She predicted that at least 1,000 people would participate.
For his part, Solanas had travelled separately to attend the provincial voting session with his colleague Senate candidate María Fernanda Reyes.
Solanas is directing a documentary on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the technique used to obtain unconventional resources.