December 12, 2013
Head FPV City legislature candidate Jorge TaianaThursday, October 17, 2013
‘Strange how video got published’
Former foreign minister Jorge Taiana, the top Victory Front (FpV) City legislature candidate, talked with the Herald yesterday in the Recoleta office of the San Martín University human rights programme that he directs. Taiana arrived late, appearing to be a bit tired from his intense campaign schedule as the October 27 elections approach. In the first of this two-part interview, Taiana gives his opinion about the video controversy involving top Lower House FpV candidate Juan Cabandié, the security situation in Buenos Aires and what ideas he has to improve the city.
What do you think of the video that shows Victory Front (FpV) candidate Juan Cabandié involved in an argument with a traffic cop?
Well, It’s a 2-minute, obviously edited, video of an incident that seems to have lasted 40 minutes, and it’s an incident involving traffic control that happens quite frequently. Sometimes, traffic cops abuse their power. In this incident it seems like they didn’t really have a case against him.
After saying all that, though, it‘s clear that Cabandié was not right at all in what he did, and he apologized twice already because he knows he was in the wrong.
His reaction is not what is expected from a person who aspires to be a lawmaker. And I think it’s good that he apologized and make amends and that the traffic cop’s employment situation would be resolved. Even if there was a Lomas de Zamora traffic control director who explained the woman’s contract was not extended for reasons other than the incident, there was still doubt in the public’s mind. I don’t think anyone should have any doubts about what happened, so I think the way Insaurralde handled the issue was correct.
And what do you think about the Border Guard taping the incident?
What is strange is how that video gets to the public. It seems like they record some of the incidents they’re involved in. This could have to do with protection, that they record just in case a lawsuit is filed against them — I don’t know if that’s legal that they can tape without permission of another person. But what really does surprise me is that the video then goes public. You would think that the security forces should not be allowed to publicize that information, since it goes against their regulations. It’s strange — and even stranger if you take in the context of past incidents.
Do you mean previous tensions with Border Guard forces such as when they striked last year?
That didn’t occur to me but it’s definitely strange. It had an obvious political intention. But they are different things still, one thing doesn’t apply to the other necessarily. One is that the traffic cops sometimes take advantage of their power and that is bad. But it’s also wrong if one overreacts to a situation of possible police abuse, especially if you’re a politician. And it’s also bad if the incident is used for a political purpose. But I think the situation seems to be resolved. I’m sure that this wouldn’t have been such a big issue if we weren’t in the middle of a campaign.