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Pandemic: Argentine armed forces major deployment since the Malvinas war

Tuesday, April 28th 2020 - 08:22 UTC
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The combat to contain coronavirus has been the major deployment of the Argentine armed forces in democracy, some 22.000 staff are out on the field throughout the country, said Defense minister Agustín Rossi, and to be more precise, “the largest deployment since the Malvinas war, and it has been done following the existing legal framework”. Read full article


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  • Enrique Massot

    What could be more appropriate than using the armed forces' capabilities and resources for the population's protection against a puny but deadly enemy?

    Quite a difference from the time the Argentine armed forces broke the constitution, became the enemy of their own country people in support of a dictatorial government and kept such dictatorship for seven years through detentions, kidnappings, torture, executions and disappearances.

    The Argentina armed forces broke the constitutional order on five other occasions during the 20th Century: in 1930, 1943, 1955, 1962 and 1966.

    Apr 28th, 2020 - 11:17 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • imoyaro

    “...detentions, kidnappings, torture, executions and disappearances.”

    Sounds just like your fellow murderous bus driver Nick the Mad's People's Paradise of Venezuela. But you don't have a problem with that, in fact you support it, don't you, Kamerad/Komrade Rique?

    Apr 28th, 2020 - 11:55 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Jo Bloggs

    Let’s hope they win this time.

    Apr 29th, 2020 - 10:13 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • pgerman


    I totally agree with you this time.

    But do not forget, please, that J. D. Peron was an important leader of the first coup d'etat in Argentine history. Then a high number of peronist people too active part in Arturo Frondizi and Arturo Illia coup d'etat too.

    Let me add, that Mauricio Macri was the first “non-peronist” president in being able to finish its legal mandate since the appearence of peronism.

    Apr 29th, 2020 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Enrique Massot


    Actually, the unfortunate succession of coups d'etat in the 20th Century started in 1930, led by General José Félix Uriburu who overthrew president Hipólito Yrigoyen of the Radical Civic Union, who had been democratically elected to exercise his second term in 1928.

    Peron was part of the Grupo de Oficiales Unidos (GOU) who were part of the second coup which overthrew president Ramon 1943. Elections took place in 1946, opening the door to Peron's first presidency. And then Peron was overthrown by the following coup in 1955.

    You mention that many Peronists took “active part in Arturo Frondizi and Arturo Illia coup d'etat...”

    Yes there were some who did that but they were not a determinant factor in the coups. Remember that Peron, the Peronist Party and all its symbols were outlawed by the military from 1955 to 1973 and could not even be mentioned publicly.

    “Mauricio Macri was the first “non-peronist” president in being able to finish its legal mandate since the appearence of peronism.”

    Indeed. The fact that Macri ended his term without trouble is a good sign of maturity in Argentine politics.

    As far as I am concerned, Raul Alfonsin did an excellent job as first president of the recovered democracy from 1983 and was able to almost end his term -- five months shy of December 1989, when then elected president Carlos Menem was due to start.

    Apr 30th, 2020 - 05:07 am - Link - Report abuse -3

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