City legislator Pablo Ferreyra struck by rubber bulletsMonday, August 25, 2014
Kirchnerite progressives criticize police action on Papa Francisco
The eviction of residents from the Papa Francisco shantytown has caused divisions among Kirchnerite progressives, with some hurling criticism at City Mayor Mauricio Macri’s administration and others acknowledging that all governments should choose another approach to the issue.
“I’m always hurt by images of evictions. I don’t care about the reasons,” Victory Front (FpV) lawmaker Juliana Di Tullio told the Toma y Daca radio programme.
But the leader of the FpV caucus in the Lower House was not the only one to condemn the joint operations of Federal and Metropolitan police forces led by Security Secretary Sergio Berni.
“We’ve always demanded a non-violent, negotiated solution to the conflict,” said Kirchnerite presidential hopeful Jorge Taiana in a news release. “We continue demanding a comprehensive policy to end the City’s housing crisis.”
Taiana — who leads the the City section of the Evita Movement — added that the solution was to urbanize those areas, a job the City government is obliged to carry out according to law 1770.
“We need to create a Housing Ministry that carries out concrete and effective actions,” the City lawmaker added.
Pablo Ferreyra, the brother of murdered leftist activist Mariano Ferreyra and one of Taiana’s main allies in the City, was hit by rubber bullets on Saturday during a protest against the eviction.
Ferreyra’s party Seamos Libres shared images of the attack and condemned both the eviction and the arrests made by police forces.
“As those events unfolded, Border Guard officers were only watching and did not intervene to defend the physical integrity of lawmakers, neighbours and activists,” the organization said.
Ferreyra’s party condemned the “repressive policies of the Metropolitan Police” and called for answers as “to those responsible for the operative” — but without mentioning Berni.
Nuevo Encuentro lawmaker José Campagnoli, also a Kirchnerite ally, criticized the operative.
“We’re worried about a new discourse that is trying to make a link between a terrible crime like the (August 19) murder of Melina (López) and the 500 families who were occupying the Papa Francisco neighbourhood,” Campagonli said. “Those voices are criminalizing poverty and pushing several sectors into having authoritarian views, which is at odds with the democratic spirit that we’ve been building during the last decade,” the City lawmaker added.