December 10, 2013
Criticism on twitterSunday, October 20, 2013
Opposition, victims blame government for new crash
The train crash on the Sarmiento line prompted yesterday many reactions from opposition and trade union leaders, who chose Twitter as the place to complain against the national government’s transport policies and asked for changes in the administration of trains.
Senate candidate for the UNEN alliance Fernando “Pino” Solanas went to the Once station after the accident and suspended a campaign rally. Nevertheless, people asked him to leave the station and told him “not to use the accident for his campaign.”
“We are here to express our support for the injured passengers that were part of this new tragedy. Argentina needs to change its railroad system,” he said. “But this won’t happen if the people that destroyed it and made profits because of it are still in charge. (Interior and Transport Minister Florencio) Randazzo just painted the trains and put new TVs”.
Congressman Francisco de Narváez of Frente Unidos por la Libertad y el Trabajo said he was “disgusted and astonished” by the accident and asked himself “until when” this will continue to happen. Tigre Mayor Sergio Massa, a rebel Peronist and opposition candidate to the Lower House of Congress in Buenos Aires province, criticized “the lack of infrastructure”.
“Regarding the train network and transport in general, I think they are part of the problems that advertisements want to cover up,” he said. “But with tragedies like this one it is clear the deficiencies in infrastructure are there.”
Legislator and candidate of the Civic and Social Progressive Front (FAP) Margarita Stolbizer warned that “it is impossible to travel with fear.” Stolbizer said that she uses the Sarmiento line frequently because she grew up in Castelar.
“The Sarmiento is my train. I know it very well as I am from Castelar. I know the people who travel on it, they are my neighbours. It is impossible to travel with fear,” Stolbizer said on her Twitter account.
Horacio Caminos, press secretary of the La Fraternidad engine drivers’ union, blamed the federal government for the insults and attacks hurled at the railway workers of by commuters after the accident.
“The government, with Randazzo as its leader, exposed the workers to the attacks by passengers who always when there are problems insult, attack and blame us,” Caminos said.
María Luján Rey, mother of Lucas Menghini Rey who died in the train accident at Once in 2012, also used Twitter to express heir pain. “Three tragedies in 20 months. So much sorrow,” she said.
Relatives and friends of the victims of the Once train accident released a statement in which they blame the federal government for the crash and also “warned” that the current investment plan to improve railways “wasn’t enough.”
“The accident in Castelar proved that we were right and now another tragedy has happened. And we say tragedy because even though there were no fatal victims that is what happened this Saturday,” they said.
Herald with Télam,DyN