October 23, 2014
Protesters hurl man off bridge for not stopping
Twenty-seven-year-old Raúl Lezcano was yesterday hospitalized after he was beaten and thrown off Puente Avellaneda by members of the SUPA port workers’ union who were blocking the bridge that joins the City’s neighbourhood of La Boca and Avellaneda, a southern district in Greater Buenos Aires.
The man who had an orthopedic leg and was taking his pregnant wife to a medical check-up is now at Hospital Argerich in serious condition.
Lezcano was driving his motorbike when he came across the demonstration but he did not turn off the engine. He reportedly tried to explain to the demonstrators that he needed to get to hospital urgently but the union members pushed him away. He fell down from the bridge and his orthopedic leg broke.
Macarena, Lezcano’s wife, explained that his husband told the demonstrators that he could not wait until the end of the blockade.
“He was beaten, thrown to the floor and they even stole everything from him: his mobile phone, his wallet, everything,” Lezcano’s wife yesterday said in conversations with a TV station.
“My husband did not refuse to get off the motorbike,” she said. “He couldn’t because he has had a orthopedic leg since he was seventeen,” she highlighted.
“These people behaved like hooligans,” Lezcano’s uncle added. “My husband was humiliated, beaten. They took his wallet and when they realized he had an orthopedic leg, they also wanted to steal it.”
Following the attack, Juan Corvalán, the head of SUPA union, yesterday said that he will resign from his position due to the seriousness of the incidents.
“This is not what I want for my union. I am a worker, not only a union leader. I was deeply upset by the images,” Corvalán, whose union is part of the CGT umbrella union, said.