December 8, 2013
Controversial remarksWednesday, September 25, 2013
Binner: immigrants to blame for Rosario poverty
Head Progressive Civic and Social Front (FPCyS) congressional candidate in Santa Fe Hermes Binner raised eyebrows yesterday when he was asked about the origins of poverty in Rosario.
“The largest hubs of poverty in Rosario stem from the arrival of Bolivians, Paraguayans, people from Chaco province and Tobas, who arrive in the city in search of food,” the former governor and presidential candidate stated.
The Socialist Party leader added that “these neighbourhoods are set up by people who have migrated and Argentines who live hounded by the need to eat every day.”
“This is not a minor situation,” and “I believe we are before a situation that must be confronted by the national government, which determines political economic policy,” Binner continued.
Speaking to FM Delta radio, the FPCyS candidate elaborated that “many come here permanently from other provinces. We have entire neighbourhoods of people from Chaco and four extraordinarily large Toba neighbourhoods, who come here because they were pushed out of their land for soybean plantations.”
PRO candidate Miguel del Sel, who came in second during the August primaries, slammed Binner, calling his declarations “shameful.”
“In the normal country that he proposes, there is no discrimination against poverty and much less would you justify it by blaming it on the people,” Del Sel said, adding it was “worrying for Binner to forsake his responsibilities and seek excuses.”
Herald with DyN