Never in his life did Artigas (Uruguay’s liberator from Spain and Portugal 200 years ago) wanted to be an Argentine, and since then all Uruguayans feel the same way, was the spirit of the barrage of twits from Uruguayan opposition leaders condemning President Cristina Fernandez interpretation of history events.
“From Artigas to our days not one Uruguayan has wanted to become Argentine, much less Artigas, he was too smart for that. Argentina never accepted our independence (1830) and that attitude is what generates all the current problems” said Senator Luis Alberto Heber, chairman of the main opposition National Party.
On Tuesday while on a political rally in Entre Rios province, next to Uruguay, Cristina Fernandez regretted Uruguay was not part of Argentina and the fact that Uruguay’s liberator “Jose Artigas wanted to be an Argentine but we didn’t let him” because of Buenos Aires and all those interests that divided and separated the neighbouring countries.
Although there has been no official reaction from the Uruguayan government which is trying by all means to have a civilized relation with the eclectic leader, there was no mercy from the rest of the political arch.
“Artigas didn’t want to be Argentine: he fought for a federal United Provinces which is completely different. The Lady should go back to the history books and read the Instructions of XIII, where Artigas thinking is clearly displayed”, said Senator Pedro Bordaberry, chairman of the junior opposition Colorado party.
“We particularly recommend articles 11 and 19 from the Instructions; enough is enough we don’t want anymore Sarrateas” (a military commander sent by Buenos Aires to try and kill Artigas).
“Lady with the most of respects, but firmly: Artigas head of the Orientals (Uruguayans) was thinking on a Great Motherland, it never crossed his mind to become Argentine”, said Luis Lacalle Pou, a presidential hopeful for the 2014 election.
Lawmaker Jose Carlos Cardoso said that “CFK is taking revenge of the ‘old witch” and the ‘one eyed man’ references (from President Jose Mujica) by saying that Artigas wanted to be Argentine. An insult or an abuse, it does not matter, everybody knows Artigas was a federalist”.
“Artigas Argentine? Nonsense, Artigas was Uruguayan, republican and federalist. And that is why he was betrayed and persecuted by Argentine rulers”, twitted Senator Jose Amorin Batlle, member of the junior Colorado opposition party.
“Cristina: it never crossed Artigas mind to be Argentine. He wanted the United Provinces of the River Plate and the capital of that great nation anywhere but in Buenos Aires”, said lawmaker Gustvao Borsari.
Finally lawmaker Martha Montaner twitted: “CFK does not like Artigas. Having read the federal ideas of Artigas it is also very clear that he would have never accepted her”.