Monday, April 7th 2014 - 05:50 UTC

State of emergency in Buenos Aires province overwhelmed by crime and an outbreak of lynching

The governor of Argentina's largest, richest and most populated province declared a 12-month state of emergency following an outbreak of lynching by furious citizens who feel defenceless and 'overwhelmed' by crime. The situation has become a major political issue with magistrates and the Church calling for restrain.

Scioli and his full cabinet make the announcement

An additional force 5.000 strong and tougher legislation has been promised

 “This is a fight to defend the most sacred, life” governor of Buenos Aires province Daniel Scioli said and called on “all political forces” to coordinate efforts in the battle against crime. Escorted by all of his cabinet ministers, Scioli held a press conference in the City of La Plata to declare a 12-month security emergency in the province which represents over 35% of the electorate registry.

“The emergency is the legal instrument we have to speed up the investments we need to do to face the kind of crime we are dealing with and the decisions we need to make,” Scioli told reporters and explained the anti-crime measures will involve an investment of 600 million pesos in security equipment through the Banco Provincia financing.

Among other measures, is the “immediate call” to retired agents from both the provincial police and penitentiary system to rejoin prevention actions aiming at a 5,000-member force.

The Scioli administration will be as well submitting several bills to the provincial legislature, such as a project to “limit prisoners’ release” in a process to be “oral and public” and another one that involves “effective prison terms” in cases of unauthorized weapon carrying.

The governor demanded MPs also a “quick treatment and sanction” of the bill that creates municipal police in the provincial districts.

Furthermore, the governor announced the creation of 8 agencies with a capacity to host 1,000 prisoners and 4 penitentiaries.

Queried about what drove his decision to decree the security emergency, Scioli mentioned Friday’s shooting in the provincial locality of Bernal. “There were 50 gunshots in Bernal that could have ended up in a tragedy,” he said.

But even when Scioli he did not mention it, it was obvious that among his administration’s reasons to make the announcement are the lynching cases of alleged thieves in several provinces across the country, that have prompted deep social unrest and a strong debate among politicians over the past weeks, together with statements from the Catholic Church and from magistrates.

Magistrates are accused of being too lenient with criminals, but they argue that they need legislation and the situation has triggered the debate whether further stronger police powers and more strict sentencing is the solution to the challenge.

Governor Scioli who has a good standing in opinion polls is one of the several hopefuls for next year's presidential race to succeed President Cristina Fernandez.

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1 Anglotino (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 07:13 am Report abuse
The horse has bolted and only now are they thinking about shutting the gate.

Kirchnerism has created this malaise. The treatment involves de-Kirchnerism.
2 LEPRecon (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 09:06 am Report abuse
@1 Anglotino

Of course it isn't the fault of the administration at all. I wonder how long it will be before they blaming:

1. Opposition parties.
2. The Unions.
3. The Evil British Pirates.
4. Spiderman.
5. The CIA.
6. Prince Harry.
7. NATO.

I mean the list could go on and on as to whom they could blame.

And the people of Venezuela seem to have bought into the lies...oh wait...
3 La Patria (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 09:22 am Report abuse
'Going tits up' comes to mind, and I'm not talking about the vibrant plastic surgery industry
4 CaptainSilver (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 10:06 am Report abuse
LEPRecon! You forgot the nuclear Penguins!
5 JollyGoodFun (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 10:31 am Report abuse
Let's not forget the DEA too, oh and Falklands Island Goat herds, plus I'm sure I've seen a few suspicious looking sheep that may have played a part in the destruction of Argentina.
6 ManRod (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 11:33 am Report abuse
1. Opposition parties.
2. The Unions.
3. The Evil British Pirates.
4. Spiderman.
5. The CIA.
6. Prince Harry.
7. NATO.
8. Los Chilotes (evil friends of the Pirates!)
9. Nuclear Kelper Pinguins
10. Uruguayan Papermills
11. Agricultores (Landowners)
12. Foreign Companies... Inflation, it's their fault!
13. Mean Brazilian protectionists (...WE never block trade)
14. Los cabeza negra (black heads)
15. Los Indios Mapuches (They are ALL Chileans... don't you believe it?)
7 nololly (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 11:42 am Report abuse
ManRod, you forgot the Cartoneros? Its all their fault for stealing all the cardboard, and they are mostly Amerindians!
8 ChrisR (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 12:51 pm Report abuse
Yes, it's all going swimmingly in The Dark Country.

I bet TMBOA and Maximus Prattus are so proud of the legacy of The Bug-eyed One!
9 Usurping Pirate (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 02:15 pm Report abuse
In the 10 years of the “ proyecto ” not once did TMBOA or any of her officials condemn criminal behaviour and or murder , yet as soon as desperate citizens take the law into their own hands , Cristina condemns THEM .
And then she has the gall to call herself the “ Mother of all Argentines ”....
10 Jack Bauer (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 03:18 pm Report abuse
@9, once again, the 'human-rights' groups within the government stand up for the criminals....“we must guarantee their physical integrity”.....ah, but what about the victims ?? ...“they're dead, they don't count” !
11 golfcronie (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 04:19 pm Report abuse
The judicial system in Argentina is so slow, how do you expect them to get on top of criminality. Anyway they let then go after a few years. I wish the UK would have a punishment to fit the crime, I think they let them out too early, at least the judiciary in the UK are not politically biased.
12 Conqueror (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 04:28 pm Report abuse
The other day, in London and outside Buckingham Palace, a little nobody from some inconsequential part of the world, probably a layabout economic immigrant, decided to have a rant at the police. Surprised that the police had not managed to control the situation in several minutes, a soldier of the Queen's Guard, a member of the Coldstream Guards strode, we are told, 50 yards in order to confront the individual and show him the bayonet fixed to the muzzle of his rifle. The matter was swiftly resolved. I am not suggesting that the argie army should do the same sort of thing. They don't command the same respect and are so ill-disciplined that they would probably stab each other. Note that it only took ONE Guardsman. Not a squad, a platoon or a company. And in ceremonial uniform! Not combat fatigues, combat helmet, battle armour, kneepads and no insignia as “Russians” require. Just check out the RED uniform, so the blood doesn't show, the bearskin, the properly-creased trousers, the highly-polished shoes. Now what argie army thingy would have been able to resist thrusting the bayonet through the numpty's throat? But, being a British Guardsman, everything was completely controlled. According to reports, the numpty and the Guardsman reached agreement that the Guardsman was a BIG BOY! I wonder if a time will ever come when a member of the argie services will ever have that sort of personal authority?
13 Vestige (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 04:52 pm Report abuse
Ah I remember the L.A riots well.
...The London riots too.
14 yankeeboy (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 07:05 pm Report abuse
13. You must be pretty old to remember the riots in LA.
I think it is funny how you try to distract and bring up ancient history to compare to what is currently going on in Argentina.
Do you think we are all as stupid as you are?
15 Britworker (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 08:15 pm Report abuse
A 12 month state of emergency because of civilian lynchings, you are not seriously trying make a comparison here.

Too much looking out to sea with your greedy fantasy goggles and not enough taking care of what is under your nose.
16 Pete Bog (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 10:45 pm Report abuse
Dear Kelpers,

With our great hearts and minds program we will persuade you to join our great motherland.

To give you a taste of what you are missing in those wet, cold and lonely islets, we are inviting you to an all expenses paid, 12 months holiday in BA.

PS: We're a bit skint so could you bring your own Kevlar helmets and bullet-proof vests-we have a fun game for you for you called 'B.A bulldog.'

You'll love it-honest.
17 Vestige (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 10:54 pm Report abuse
14 - No Yankee ... I dont think you are as stupid as me ...... ;)
18 yankeeboy (#) Apr 07th, 2014 - 11:06 pm Report abuse
Is there anyone who thinks Arg inflation will be less than 60% this year?
If so why?
The food, gas, nafta, water, tolls, subte, bus, electric, medical insurance is all going up astronomically!
When do Rgs start calling it hyperinflation?
19 Troy Tempest (#) Apr 08th, 2014 - 05:51 am Report abuse
When are the Cuban “advisors” ?. I mean SOMEBODY has to organise the Collectivos...

Why do I get the feeling that $600m and 5,000 new Security personnel are not to stop the street crime that plagues the people, but really to safeguard an increasingly unpopular President who created the problem ??

Dunny, Pablo Cedron,

Sorry, but it looks like the “Venezuelisation” of Argentina.
20 Evil Colonialist Pirate (#) Apr 08th, 2014 - 07:05 am Report abuse
No doubt a good rant about the Malvinas will sort it out.
21 aberdeenvet (#) Apr 08th, 2014 - 06:06 pm Report abuse
These are just the type of ILLEGAL INVAIDERS that the Progressive Liberal Socialist Democrats and the Republican RINOs want to steal into the U.S. to become welcome guests with the chance to become citizens so that they can vote for our criminal politicians.
22 Raul Jimenez (#) Apr 08th, 2014 - 07:56 pm Report abuse
People Get the Leaders they Deserve......whether they are the ignorant in the USA or the boludos in Argentina.
23 Jack Bauer (#) Apr 08th, 2014 - 10:36 pm Report abuse
Troy hit the nail on the's her own personal guard she's preparing. Why would her policy with regards to street crime have changed ?
24 ilsen (#) Apr 08th, 2014 - 11:22 pm Report abuse
So what lies behind all this crime?

Oh, it's the economy, stupid!

As per bloody always. ..

now they have to spend all this money on clamping down on the violence.

Carts before horses, anyone?
25 Troy Tempest (#) Apr 09th, 2014 - 12:48 am Report abuse
23 Jack Bauer

...and where will those 5,000 new Security Personnel come from, Jack ??

Why, the K's personality cult of La Campora, no doubt !!
26 CallMeIshmael (#) Apr 09th, 2014 - 04:32 am Report abuse
This is what happens when government takes sides against its own citizens and supports the criminal subculture. This is what we have to look forward to in the next three years of the Obama tyranny.
27 Bisley (#) Apr 09th, 2014 - 05:57 am Report abuse
The citizens should be lynching the government officials that are destroying the country. Criminals are a minor problem.
28 cslagenhop (#) Apr 09th, 2014 - 01:56 pm Report abuse
Socialismo is a 'female dog'. Hopefully people wake up and replace her.
29 ilsen (#) Apr 10th, 2014 - 12:14 am Report abuse
Read this again carefully;
State of emergency in Buenos Aires province overwhelmed by crime and an outbreak of lying.... (by Cristina).
Make more sense now?
Thought so!
30 Hartch (#) Apr 10th, 2014 - 12:30 am Report abuse
This is a real shame. I believe Americans would love to come to Argentina and spend lots of money. Argentina is such a great place. There is a real big opportunity for this country to be a leader in South American tourism. I guess Paraguay will be our next choice.

It's really just sad. Watching a great country going thru something so horrible. Well the U.S. is in turmoil also. No jobs, high taxes and regulation. Soon hyper inflation. If there was a place to run to, I would choose Argentina, but Americans are quick to change their mind in relocating.

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