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Opposition criticizes festivities

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thousands gather in Plaza de Mayo to celebrate

Thousands of people gathered yesterday at Plaza de Mayo square to celebrate 30 years of democracy, a show that included several big-name artists and in which President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner also participated.

A diverse conglomerate of citizens and CFK supporters joined the celebrations in front of Government House yesterday afternoon and watched the rally led by the head of state on giant screens.

Another two screens, located in front of the Cabildo, showed a slogan (“Popular Celebration — Democracy Forever”) and aired videos with the swearing in of the previous presidents who had taken office since 1983.

Youngsters stayed near the main stage, only metres away from the Pink House, where several artists performed throughout the day. Among them were Jaime Torres, Victor Heredia, Teresa Parodi and León Gieco, who delivered short shows before the President walked onto the stage.

The national anthem was played while the head of state saw a display of fireworks and even dared to dance to the beats of percussion group El Choque Urbano. At 9.15pm she greeted the audience and left the stage, where rock group La Renga was preparing to play.

Critics from the opposition

Opposition leaders welcomed the anniversary but criticized the celebrations.

“We cannot be celebrating while there are dead people out there on our streets,” Broad Progressive Front (FAP) leaders headed by former Santa Fe Governor Hermes Binner said.

Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri said festivities should have been postponed.

“The country has gone through episodes similar to (the ones of the) 2001 (crisis),” Macri told Radio Mitre.

Radical (UCR) party leaders also issued a statement condemning the government’s decision to insist with the celebrations.

“We’re witnessing lootings, violence and dead people in many Argentine districts — it’s not a time for shows,” UCR leaders said.

Confianza Pública City lawmaker Graciela Ocaña said Fernández de Kirchner should have delivered a speech on national broadcaster “calling for peace” in all those areas affected by conflict.

Herald staff with DyN, Télam

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