December 13, 2013
Kirchnerites gather to celebrate CFK
Without their leader, Kirchnerites mark day without featured speakers
Peronist supporters gathered yesterday in Plaza de Mayo to commermorate loyalty day and express their support for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner who was unable to attend the day’s celebrations as she continues to recover from surgery.
“I was always a Peronist, and I come here every year,” Rubén Marino, a member of the UOCRA construction union said yesterday. “I support Peronism and I am here today to express my gratitude to Peronist leaders and especially to Cristina.”
Carrying flags and signs with different mottos, such as “We are all with Cristina” and “Everyone to Plaza de Mayo for Cristina and for Argentina,” organizations and individual citizens flocked to Plaza de Mayo from Diagonal Norte, Diagonal Sur and Avenida de Mayo streets, making it clear they were there to celebrate and express their support for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Unions and political organizations brought the majority of people to the annual Peronist meeting. Yet there were also a few individuals who boosted their non-alignment.
“I have been a Peronist since 1960,” Ramón Martínez, from La Matanza, said. “No one can argue against Peronist leadership. The best proof is that foreign people come to live and work in Argentina because they cannot find a job in their own countries. Despite the international crisis we are doing well. That’s why I’m here.”
Although there were no formal speakers at the event, a centre stage was especially prepared, including three giant screens and three large speakers set up on different corners of the square. Images and speeches by Juan Domingo Perón, Evita Perón and Néstor and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner were displayed.
The atmosphere was cheerful, with thousands of people chanting songs against the opposition and the Clarín Group, the government’s media foe.
“The real Peronism is at Plaza de Mayo today,” firebrand social activist Luis D’Elía, a staunch Kirchnerite suppporter, told the Herald. “This is a celebration of what is happening today and what will happen in the elections of the 27th.”
When D’Elia spoke of the “real peronism” he was clearly making a thinly veiled reference to anti-government CGT umbrella union leader Hugo Moyano, who led another rally, claiming the government had abandoned true Peronist ideals.
gov’t officials present
Just 10 days before midterm elections, the main representatives of the Kirchnerite administration took to Plaza de Mayo.
“This was a spontaneus demonstration,” Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina said. “People have come to express their support for Peronism.”
Victory Front lawmakers Juliana Di Tullio, Héctor Recalde, Carlos Kunkel and Diana Conti arrived to Plaza de Mayo from Congress.
“People are loyal to the President, and she has an unshakable commitment to all Argentines,” said Vice-president and acting President Amado Boudou, who was at Plaza de Mayo after being kept out of the limelight for several days.
“Juan Perón obtained several rights for Argentine workers and Néstor and Cristina extended those rights,” Boudou added.
Although the rally had first been called to take place in front of the presidential residence in Olivos, the site was later changed to Plaza de Mayo.