Fracture in Milei’s coalition as libertarian youth activists leave

“Young people were scammed,” said one of their leaders

Young members from La Libertad Avanza (Freedom Advances), the far-right coalition led by libertarian economist Javier Milei, split from the bloc and announced that they’re going back to being politically independent. 

Their withdrawal sparked a series of public statements, including allegations that political appointments are secured with money or through personal favors. 

Mila Zurbringgen, leader of libertarian youth group La Generación Libertaria, said on Radio con Vos on Monday that Milei believes that “things that happen to young people are meaningless, and that’s how he makes us feel, too.”

In a body blow to a party whose base is overwhelmingly young, La Generación Libertaria (The Libertarian Generation) tweeted that they had decided to leave La Libertad Avanza last week. According to their statement, it was due to “the lack of political participation they were given” within the coalition by Milei, its leader and current representative in Congress.

“The young people in this group want a free, democratic country, and don’t expect any politician to tell us what being liberal is and isn’t,” they said. 

Their president, Mila Zurbriggen, tweeted: “My moral convictions can’t face the corruption I see anymore. I suffered intimidation [and] physical and verbal violence on behalf of those leading the party bloc in the Buenos Aires legislature.” 

Zurbringgen claimed that positions and visibility were provided to people who “paid for their positions” or had a personal connection to Milei. 

“Young people were scammed,” said Zurbringgen, referring to those advocating for the growth of the bloc or raising money to support its campaigns.  

“I want to apologize to every single fellow activist who was left behind by this party, we should have never let politics divide us or be co-opted by the caste,” she said, using the term that Argentine libertarians use to describe traditional politicians, who they believe to be all equally corrupt.

Milei responded on LN+ TV channel by blaming the young activists for seeking political positions and power. “Being defamed is the price that we pay for transforming Argentina,” he said. 

His disputes with the youngest members of his party are not the only recent episode of coalition infighting. A few months ago, Milei’s main political advisor, Carlos Maslatón, broke ties with him after calling him a “political and economic fraud”, and “delusional”. 

Last year, Maslatón even announced that he would run in the primaries to be the coalition’s presidential candidate, but later claimed that he had been “banned” by the party and wouldn’t run.


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