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June 9 strike: Aníbal Fernández calls to avoid violence

“We have never promoted aggression or repression, with injured or dead,” Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández said today in reaction to predictions that the June 9 general strike called by anti-government unions could be tainted with violence.

Asked about the possible presence that day of undercover instigators, he stressed: “We must prevent any violent action.” “President Cristina (Fernández de Kirchner) has expressed it on May 25: we haven’t done absolutely anything to prevent anyone who has something to complain about, from doing so with freedom,” he added.

"We believe these are political discussions and they must be considered as a political discussion. Now, I find the date they picked horrible,” the head of ministers added referring to June 9, a special date for Peronism, which remembers the “illegitimate counter-revolution and the execution of Valle, Cogorno, and others from Peronism.”

Yesterday, Victory Front lawmaker Edgardo Depetri had warned opposition unions could use the strike to orchestrate a crisis situation and said the walkout could end in violence.

“If you [unions] want to go on strike, then do it, but don’t use it as an excuse to build some other scenario. Don’t construct another Mariano Ferreyra case,” Depetri said, in reference to the death of left-wing activist Mariano Ferreyra, who was shot dead, allegedly by members of a railway workers union.

Aníbal Fernández did not support Depetri’s statements but said he is experienced and is free to say whatever he wants.

Later today, CGT opposition unions issued a press release blasting Depetri’s comments, signed by leaders Hugo Moyano, Julio Piumato, and Omar Plaini.

“The strike will be a success and the government knows it. They are looking to divert attention from our claims, recalling a terrible incident. In a country where mariano Ferreyra was killed, in a year when a prosecutor was killed [in reference to AMIA late special prosecutor Alberto Nisman], it is not risky to expect anything from the government,” the press release reads.

“That is the reason why we make the government responsible for any violent act that could distort a peaceful workers’ protest,” it concludes.

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