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Insaurralde also backs scioli’s strategy to fight crime

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Massa: ‘This is what people chose in October’s elections’

The emergency state declared yesterday by Peronist Governor Daniel Scioli in Buenos Aires province and his warnings about rising crime and hints at national administration inaction prompted mixed reactions from political leaders, with opposition chieftains expressing hope that the driving force behind the measures is not electoral speculation ahead of next year’s presidential vote in which the provincial head of state expects to seek the presidential nomination of the Victory Front, possibly without the blessing of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Martín Insaurralde, a Victory Front lawmaker from Buenos Aires province, expressed his support.

“I spoke with Daniel Scioli about the measures he announced and we agreed on the importance of pushing ahead with the “zero-weapons” initiative in Congress. We have to provide the judiciary with tools so justice is served more efficiently and people feel safer. We want effective prison terms in all cases of illegal arms possession, regardless of their caliber, because all weapons kill. Those who carry an illegal weapon on the street are a threat for everybody. With no weapons there are no killings, with no arms there is peace. I will present in the Lower House the “Zero weapons” bill,” said Insaurralde, who is mayor of Lomas de Zamora currently on leave.

National deputy and dissident Peronist Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa, a possible opposition presidential candidate, expressed “satisfaction,” adding that many of the measures announced by Scioli are those that people voted for in October’s midterm election “when they voted the Renewal Front.”

“Local police forces, decentralized prosecutors’ offices, special anti-drug prosecutors, panic buttons, are not only part of the work we have been doing in many of our municipalities but, above all, what people chose in October, as well as changes in the province’s Criminal Procedural Code to put an end to the revolving door that today allows criminals to come in and go out (immediately),” said Massa, the former mayor of the Tigre district in northern Greater Buenos Aires.

“We are ready to help the provincial government to find the solution to this scourge of crime that has worsened over the past six years,” added Massa, who served as Cabinet Chief for Fernández de Kirchner in 2008-2009.

Darío Giustozzi — a Renewal Front national deputy — said: “The emergency state declared by Scioli is tantamount to acknowledging the blunt failure of security policies.”

Dissident Peronist deputy Francisco de Narváez, a businessman, said that “the government has made a correct decision.”

Victoria Montenegro, a Victory Front candidate to the national Lower House for the City of Buenos Aires, said: “While we (the national administration) speak about social inclusion, Scioli speaks about motorcycle-riding criminals and the need to create more detention facilities. Definitely, we don’t speak the same language.”

National Deputy Gerardo Milman, a centre-left GEN leader, said: “What is a stake in the province is not an emergency situation but an unacceptable incapacity and structural complicity. Scioli’s emergency declaration is nothing but bypassing controls, procurement without tenders.”

National Deputy Miguel Bazze, from the Radical Party, said: “Many of the measures announced today against crime is what we the opposition had been demanding, such a serious fight against drug trafficking. Regrettably, neither Scioli nor the national government had presented serious measures on that field. We hope the driving force behind this announcement is the social strain and not political and electoral speculation.”

— Herald staff with DyN, Online Media

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