April 18, 2014
'Public calm, peace' in looting-struck provinces
The cabinet chief pointed out the role played by national security forces in assisting provincial administrations during these days’ violent lootings and incidents; a contribution, Jorge Capitanich describes as a “superhuman physical effort.”
In his everyday address to media at the government house, the head of ministers rejected criticism by some governors who had complaint about the “delays” in the deployment of military police and coast guards to their districts.
“This is no automatic matter, that you call for (the security forces) and they arrive with a supersonic speed. When they (provinces) demand the presence of gendarmes, the deployment takes time, organization”, Capitanich assured and added the situation in Argentina’s provinces that have been hit by police protests over salary hikes and lootings tends to “normalize.”
“We are seeing a perspective of normalizations in each of the provinces. Today there is an atmosphere of peace and public calm,” the official stated.
Still, the former governor of the Chaco province -also hit by violence and death in the past days-, warned about the impacts of the police crisis accusing protesters of a “premeditated action that sought to stain 30 years of democracy."
Following yesterday’s statements by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner marking the 30th anniversary since the South American country’s return to democracy, Capitanich urged justices to “investigate” the incidents which he assured “were no coincidence.”
“This is no coincidence; it is a premeditated action to create economic uncertainty through extortion methods. They tried to stain 30 years of democracy in the Republic of Argentina and society must condemn it,” he said as he called for a purge in police operations and demanded governors to straighten the “mechanisms of selection and training” of officers.
At the Casa Rosada presidential palace on Tuesday, Fernández de Kirchner had said it is time to democratize police forces as she strongly questioned the protests and lootings that started in the province of Córdoba last week and spread to Jujuy, Tucumán, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Chaco among others.