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Forty million Argentines need to know “what happened and who was responsible”

Tuesday, February 28th 2012 - 05:12 UTC
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Argentine President Cristina Fernández reappeared in public on Monday and for the first time talked about the Buenos Aires train station accident in which 51 people were killed and 703 others were injured. She assured that she would make “any decisions necessary” once the matter is resolved in court. Read full article

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  • STRATEGICUS

    When is CFK going to FCK off to the local loney bin ?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 06:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A.J.Rimmer

    Looking for a scape goat is she? Maybe if she hadn't sucked the country dry, more money would of been available to update the rail system of Argentina.

    What ever happened to that $10 Billion the Chinese were investing? I bet they are whincing at it now.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 07:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    I suspect that Forty million Argentines already know under-investment happened and the government is ultimately responsible.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 08:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Viva Las Falklands

    This woman is certainly a sandwich short of a picnic!
    A country doesn't need silence from a leader at a time of a disaster but a strong one. Resorting to tears each time there is a problem just shows how weak and deranged she really is.
    At this time the thoughts of a leader should be with the families of those who died and the injured not how they are perceived.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A.J.Rimmer

    'The President mentioned the Once tragedy as she began discussing her administration’s unfinished businesses. “Of course there are still things to be done. We need to have a railway system in Argentina once again,” she admitted.'

    Nine years the Kirchners have been in power, and have not done a single thing for the rail networks, except from cutting their funding.

    'She also addressed the recent widespread criticism towards her long silence after the accident, and assured that people shouldn't wait “speculation or shallow speeches during a moment of grief. I can’t stand those who want to take advantage of pain and tragedy”.'

    I'm sorry, but isn't she the one gathering veterans of the 82 war, and parading them in all forums, utilising there pain and suffering as an advantageous tool in her political spin doctoring?

    Just goes to prove that everything she spits out is a lie.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    ”“speculation or shallow speeches during a moment of grief. I can’t stand those who want to take advantage of pain and tragedy”.'

    She admits her speeches are shallow and pointless? Maye she could have stepped up and made a heartfelt speech - something a leader should do.

    So, there has beena a lot of criticism in Argentina of her silence and not just remarks here?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • egarcia1970

    #5: “Nine years the Kirchners have been in power, and have not done a single thing for the rail networks, except from cutting their funding.”

    Not quite. It was actually WORSE than that. The Kirchners have been funding their cronies at TBA for the last 9 years with taypaxer's money, but they didn't control or audit them! TBA was free to do whatever they wanted with the funds, and used them to gamble at the stock market othet high-risk investments instead of improving the service.

    Cheers.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    KFC: “Lies lies lies lies lies. LIES, lies lies lies lies lies lies! Malvinas lies lies lies lies lies lies where the hell have I been? lies lies lies lies lies lies been in power for 9 years but no railway safety lies lies lies lies made lots of money out of property while in power lies lies lies lies lies.”

    Pretty much sums it up.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 01:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • dinosaurio

    This speech was one of the most pathetic, cheap, and demagogic public presentation I ever have seen of an Argentine politician.
    It is simply a freaking shame to have a president like this. Malvinas are Argentine but with pseudo politicians of this kind, the Argies will never get them back. She is causing the opposite effect to what she is supposed to cause. It is simply disgusting and too cheap. Speeches like this one might go down well for internal consumption but, it has devastating consequences abroad. She is a manipulator and a horrible actress. As far as the rest of the world is exposed to this kind of sad “Argentine telenovela”, we will see Falklands for the next years to come. Might the islanders sing “God save the queen and hell to CFK”

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 02:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    I hope the TBA ( company that runs the trains) executives were smart enough to flee the country. This is what will happen, ARG will take over the trains, every exec not aligned with CFK will be prosecuted, bankrupted and probably jailed. Trains will get no improvements and will be even worse 5 years from now. This is how they nationalize businesses in Arg.
    Next it will by YPF that they drive out of business wait and see, I think they have their eye on the U$2B in cash equivalents. pretty juicy fruit hanging there for the taking.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 03:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    shameless wh*re, we know who is the responsible, you who are the presindent of this country, and all the people that work with you. She´s taking drugs, you can see that when you look at her everyday fatter face.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 03:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mrlayback

    nice one Roger Waters what a way to make yourself popular....

    Why do celebrities feel the need to speak out their opinions, do they get bored with their millions.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 03:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jerry

    7 egarcia1970 (#) - You are so right! The injured train engineer was also kept handcuffed to his hospital bed, and the train conductor was arrested. As a trained accident investigator, I know that it will take a long time to really reach the root of the problem, but some quick decisions could be made about demanding resignations from all the transportation minister´s safety staff, including the minister himself. CFK, “The buck stops here”; admit that you have a lot of responsibility in this, also.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 04:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    13. You have got to be kidding! Do you seriously think anyone aligned with CFK will be punished? It won't happen CFK ministers openly threaten business owners with guns and they are not prosecuted. Outright steal and still have jobs. Why do you think this will be any different?

    Argentina is a dirty, corrupt country and it will never change.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 05:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jerry

    I did not, and do not, expect CFK to actually DO ANYTHING; these are only some of the things which SHOULD be done.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 05:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    And she graciously allows them 15 days to decide who is responsible.

    I think we, and the Argentines, KNOW who is responsible now.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 06:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @14 my favourite corrupt moments were:

    1) when the argentinian police wore PLO style headware and laid seige to an HSBC while the people inside had tea and cakes on those tiered things, probably a fondant fancy.

    2) when the ARG.gov decided it was going to sue TBA on behalf of the people injured just so no one would realise it was probably their fault as they were told years ago that there was going to be a major accident.

    actually, I quite like the bit where they turned away the ships losing themselves lots of cash for no reason, that was quite funny.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 08:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BenC30

    Again, all words and no actions

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 10:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    You do have to ask yourself, is there ANYONE running the damn country?

    I am sure we all know the answer to that one.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 11:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #6 Or maybe she means people like you, and the shallow speechifying oligarchic oppositionists you support, who are taking advantage of this tragedy as a stick to beat her, and it makes me sick too.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 10:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • claudio_laplata

    I recommend the new album by Roger Waters and MR Penn “The dark side of piracy” and “Morgan murderer of the 7 Seas”

    Mar 02nd, 2012 - 03:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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