December 6, 2013
Following shooting of governor’s houseFriday, October 18, 2013
Santa Fe’s Bonfatti is the victim of yet another threat
Santa Fe Governor Antonio Bonfatti was the victim of yet another threat yesterday — this time, in a text message that was allegedly sent to the judge investigating the attack on his house last week, an event that has been linked to the ongoing drug-trafficking crisis in the province.
Last Friday, an unidentified group of masked men drove by and shot at the governor’s house 14 times.
Santa Fe Government Minister Rubén Galassi, who said such incidents were the result of the Bonfatti administration’s proactive approach against drug-traffickers said that the text message received by Rosario Judge María Luisa Pérez Vera, who presides over the investigation, made reference to the Rosario-Santa Fe highway, which is “the most frequented route for the governor and ministers,” as a potential site for further attacks.
Galassi also dismissed notions that a deal had been made with the criminals.
“We have not made a deal with anyone. We understand that the police structure may also be contaminated. In fact, aside from just drug lords, policemen have been arrested, which is why the governor’s house was shot at,” he said.
“If we had taken another attitude, we would not have had this response,” he told news channel Todo Noticias.
Defence Minister Agustín Rossi insisted that Bonfatti could count on his full “support, solidarity and commitment to fighting against these drug-trafficking organizations that have appeared in Rosario in recent years.”
Rossi, who ran for governor in 2011 and served as congressman for the province, alleged that such problems with drug-trafficking had grown exponentially under the administration of Progressive, Civic and Social Front head candidate Hermes Binner.
The defence minister was accused by Binner the leader of Bonfatti’s political sector, of politicizing the affair.
“I think, as I said yesterday (Wednesday), perhaps slightly angrily, that I went to show my support (to Bonfatti) and they stabbed me in the back,” Rossi insisted.
“Bonfatti is not alone, as behind him stand the majority of Argentines who want a peaceful society with no place for violent people,” said Binner yesterday at a news conference in Mar del Plata, in support of Buenos Aires province ally Margarita Stolbizer, who also showed her support for the governor.
“The national government cannot leave the provinces to fight drug-trafficking on their own, because the fight should be inherently national. Those responsible are there, and where changes need to be made,” she stated.
Herald with DyN