Radical party’s oscar aguadSaturday, December 7, 2013
‘Police aren’t main ones responsible’
Córdoba Radical Party lawmaker Oscar Aguad claimed that the looting that engulfed his home province earlier in the week could have been avoided. In an interview with the Herald, he also acknowledged that the province is facing a social crisis.
Were the lootings a manifestation of an increasing social crisis?
I think that the absence of police officers on official duty while discussing the wage hike was seen as an opportunity for wrongdoers and for people to commit crime. The generalized state of helplessness and violence among Córdoba residents that those people created lead us to think that Córdoba has a huge social conflict. As a native from the province I must acknowledge that our society has a serious problem that was evidenced this week and the loss of values among the people is a reality.
What was De la Sota’s political responsibility for the looting?
Well, the state has the monopoly of legitimate force to guarantee the social peace in the province, so the government cannot ignore its responsibility. However, the governor reacted too late and plus he didn’t make a self-criticism for what took place in the province while he was not present.
Was the provincial government aware of the grievances of the policemen or was it a sudden demand?
The governor was perfectly aware of what was happening regarding the police. However he didn‘t take timely actions to prevent the strike. In the dispute, neither were conscious of the consequence that the negotiation could have on society.
Besides the uprising, were the officers right in what they were claiming?
They had the right, but the government also has the obligation to train, equip and pay them what they deserve according to the job they do. They are not the main ones responsibles for what happened.