June 19, 2013
Civic Coalition leaders urge CFK to veto Anti-terrorism Law
The leaders of the Civic Coalition urged President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to veto the antiterrorism law that was passed in Congress last week.
Party leader Adrián Pérez and the head of the Civic Coalition caucus in the Lower House Alfonso Prat Gay sent a letter to the Head of State in which they warned that “this law can bring serious consequences to people, considering that it allows judges to decide what actions entail a terrorist purpose and which don’t."
Both party leaders stated that “if the Government wants to ‘look good’ before the Financial Action Task Force, then the international definition of terrorism, which clearly states that social protests aren’t terrorist acts, is more than enough.”
Pérez and Prat Gay also announced that they would start talks and schedule meetings with social and human rights organizations and unions to discuss a plan against the law.
“The law would deepen the threat of penal persecution against those people who fight for their demands and would generate the conditions for the criminalization of social protests through the extension of criminal offenses and the increase of sentences,” the letter concluded.