December 20, 2014
Capitanich praises gov't response to labour protests
After a wave of disapproval by pro-government groups and political leaders for the repression of labour protests earlier this week, the Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich highlighted the government's efforts to “promote dialogue” and warned about “radicalized opposition groups” that seek to alter “society’s normal functioning.”
Asked about the criticism from within the ruling Victory Front party and pro-government organizations such as the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) about the clashes with workers in several protests in the past days that led to several injuries and detentions, Capitanich said in his daily press briefing that “the government is actively intervening to promote an active dialogue in order to properly process conflicts.”
“Under democracy tensions, conflicts and demands arise sistematically and we deem it essential to create the conditions necessary for a dialogue between the parties,” the Cabinet Chief explained.
However, he warned about the existence of “radicalized groups’ deliberate strategies that aim to alter society’s normal functioning” and urged to prevent “tiny groups” from hampering the normal functioning of the country, in reference to pickets affecting traffic flow.
“We all need to learn to respect each other,” he stressed.