Thursday, December 27th 2012 - 06:05 UTC

Argentine labour leader files complaint against officials for last week’s extended looting

The head of Argentina’s organized labour, Hugo Moyano filed a complaint before a federal criminal court against cabinet chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina and Security Secretary Sergio Berni who openly and repeatedly accused the teamsters leader of being behind the extended rioting and looting of last week when four people were killed, hundreds injured and arrested and left millions of dollars in damages.

Moyano, Abal Medina and Berni playing the ‘blame game’

The complaint accuses the defendants of “violence instigation” and “false claims” when they stated that the teamsters union of Moyano and the gastronomic workers union of Luis Barrionuevo were responsible for the wide spread looting that started in the Patagonian resort of Bariloche and rapidly extended to at least another eight provinces, including Argentina’s second city Rosario and the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Last Thursday and Friday hundreds at different points in Argentina attacked supermarkets and shops demanding a Xmas basket, as had been promised by some government and political leaders, but the situation rapidly became chaotic with extended looting not only of food and beverages but also electrical appliances including the latest television sets.

Local police were overwhelmed in many places and special gendarmerie forces were sent in support. The situation was under control 36 hours later but the consequences of the attacks and looting persist with reciprocal accusations.

“These violent incidents want to derail social peace and the great moment Argentina is experiencing. There are parties interested in this happening. There are criminal gangs involved but also others linked to politics, to the teamsters, to the gastronomy unions” pointed out Abal Medina.

From Bariloche Security Secretary Berni who arrived in the city with 400 border guards to restore order said that the looting “was clearly organized” and responds “to political motivations”. He later directly claimed that the union leaders were behind the attacks on supermarkets and shops. 

Moyano in a press conference said that the “lackeys” which President Cristina Fernandez has surrounding her “are afraid of her and spend their time saying stupidities” instead of telling the president “she is out of touch with the people and inflation is devouring workers’ incomes”. 

Meanwhile on Wednesday it was reported that a 36-year-old woman died at a local hospital after being shot during the supermarket lootings in the city of Rosario, while a 17-year-old male was reported dead on Monday, taking up the death toll from the incidents to four.

Carina Paz had been admitted to hospital to be treated after receiving a shot to the head during the incidents that turned violent at a supermarket in downtown Rosario. The other victim Emiliano Sánchez, died of his wounds four days after being shot in the leg.

In total, the death toll following the looting incidents rose to four people, including the death of 23-year-old Luciano Carrizo and Silvia Bernachea.

Meanwhile the province of Río Negro government announced it will compensate the small and medium-sized shop-owners who were affected by the looting last week in Bariloche.

According to the Río Negro Tax Collection Agency (ARTRN), the compensation will have a limit of up to 30.000 Pesos (approx 5.000 dollars) and will cover damages including repairs and lost capital.

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1 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 09:15 am Report abuse
More -Politics and the law,another ingredent to this toxic mix,say what you like about Argentina its never boring! What is it the Chinese say about living in interesting times?
2 Anglotino (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 09:35 am Report abuse
Where's the President?

Looting on such a scale speaks of a deep malaise within a society. The 1992 LA riots, 2005 Cronulla riots and 2011 London riots were all a symptom of a social problem.

But not of the above had widespread looting because segments of society think they 'deserve' free handouts.

Pointing the finger won't help solve the problem, if nothing it will do the exact opposite because the real underlying cause can't be identified and eased to prevent the next incident.
3 Mendoza Canadian (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 11:36 am Report abuse
The president has her head buried in the sand as usual. This is Disneyland...she said so.
4 ElaineB (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 12:13 pm Report abuse
Medina and Berni can always get some legal advice from CFKC. :)
5 Simon68 (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 01:04 pm Report abuse
4 ElaineB (#)
Dec 27th, 2012 - 12:13 pm

I think they really ought to hire a lawyer:-)
6 Optimus_Princeps (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 01:58 pm Report abuse
@3 When Cristina doesn't open up that baboon's arse that she calls a mouth, it's because she doesn't want to acknowledge that she's failing. She always hides when there's a wave of crime. A girl was raped, kidnapped, and dismembered in a high profile case. Cristina hid like a coward and she'll do it every time something like this happens.
7 ChrisR (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 02:07 pm Report abuse
6 Optimus_Princeps

I have to say that your saying “When Cristina doesn't open up that baboon's arse that she calls a mouth” has a certain mental picture that makes me smile.

8 ElaineB (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 02:15 pm Report abuse
I see she is giving out free stuff this afternoon. Very Evita.

Interesting that she did not tweet or FB after the 19th December. No Christmas Day message to her people? How careless.
9 yankeeboy (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 03:23 pm Report abuse
I don't think she is well. I think she is making appearances like Castor and Chavez did and the only way was to pump them full of drugs and get them in and out really fast.
10 emerald (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 06:17 pm Report abuse
When do you think to use one of your other names “ reality check ” ?
11 ElaineB (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 07:21 pm Report abuse
More looting last night.
12 emerald (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 07:32 pm Report abuse
This messy country deserves more more more lootings.
13 yankeeboy (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 08:51 pm Report abuse
12. Funny you should mention that, a grocery store in LaPlata was looted today.
More to follow...
Looks like the natives are restless,,
do you hear the drums?
14 Conorworld (#) Dec 27th, 2012 - 09:38 pm Report abuse
Why can't both sides stop bickering and work in the interests of the people and not themselves. No wonder Argentina is slowly falling apart again
15 Shed-time (#) Dec 29th, 2012 - 04:34 pm Report abuse
Why don't they lodge a complaint against La Campora who actually instigated the rioting? or are they just scared cowards?

We should be told.
16 British_Kirchnerist (#) Dec 31st, 2012 - 01:33 pm Report abuse
Moyano is a scab and a disgrace to real trade unionism

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