Gov't fires back at SRA: 'They were accomplices of crimes against humanity'
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich bashed the head of the Argentine Rural Society (SRA), Luis Etchevehere, accusing him of supporting the last Argentine dictatorship and of being “an accomplice of crimes against humanity”. Etchevehere had criticised both Néstor and Cristina Kirchner’s administrations, a period he described as the “preyed-upon decade”.
“I deem it important to answer to the president of the SRA,” Capitanich said in his daily press briefing at Government House. “You never know whether they are representing a party or personal political interest or if they are following the tradition of the SRA, which belongs to our country’s vernacular oligarchy, which supported all military coups.”
Capitanich responded with harsh accusations and irony to Etchevehere’s criticism. Last Saturday, at the opening of the annual farm show, the head of the SRA accused the government of being “arrogant and ignorant” and urged Argentines for a change of course.
“They, who were accomplices of crimes against humanity. Who supported the most genocidal dictatorship, who never dennounced the corruption of the junta or that of their acolytes, now they claim the moral highground,” said the Cabinet Chief.
“Before you start passing value judgements, you should work to solve your problems and that of your workers, Mr. Etchevehere,” Capitanich said and referred to the accusations the head of the SRA is facing from the Farm Workers and National Employers Office (Renatea) for slave-like working conditions in a ranch that belongs to his mother, Leonor Barbero Marcial, owned by the company Las Margaritas. “If you are so worried, why don’t you dignify your workers by avoiding slave work?,” the Kirchnerite official added.
Near the end of his press conference, Capitanich reiterated that Etchevehere’s remarks are in tune with SRA’s tradition. “They always envisioned a country for only a few, the vernacular oligarchy, always against the interests of this country,” he said. “I would like for them to have the courage to run in elections, we would like to know how many votes they get”.