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Duhalde denies responsibility for Avellaneda Massacre

Eduardo Duhalde
Former president Eduardo Duhalde has rejected the notion that he was responsible for the deaths of militant activists Darío Santillan and Maximiliano Kosteki in the infamous 'Avellaneda Massacre', as he stated that just one individual, a police officer, was injured during his mandate.

On June 26 2002 the two youths were shot dead by Buenos Aires police during a protest in the area surrounding Avellaneda train station, which recently changed its name in homage to Kosteki and Santillán.

But for Duhalde, the murders were a police matter and unrelated to the government.

"During my administration there was only one person injured and that was a policeman. One injured by the forces in my jurisdiction in Argentina's most difficult time. The national government has nothing to do with provincial forces," the ex-president told Nacional Rock.

"I will not hide, a different president would have asked for [then BA governor] Felipe Solá's, but he did not having anything to do with it either. It was a moment of madness by police officers," he added, referring to officers Alfredo Fanchiotti and Alejandro Acosta who in 2006 were sentenced to life in prison.

"I never hid, I was always at the front to meet problems, because I was president."

Duhalde continued to give his opinion on the reform of the Penal Code, which he believed was being debated at the worst possible time.

"Governing is about priorities and changing the Code must come in at number 200 in the list of priorities. We must not waste time, now is the worst moment in history", he fired.

"I have not analysed if the law is better or worse because it is ridiculous. You cannot talk about modifying when the people are terrified by crime."
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