lTwo months ago, I spent several days – and a few nights – with some protesters at San Martin Cultural Center. They were occupying a portion of the cultural center to protest the mayors cutback in funding of the arts.
It was kinda, semi, sorta like Occupy in America – only these people had their act together.
Last night, or early this morning, depending on who you read, the Cultural Center was raided by the cops. Four people were arrested and at least 16 people were injured – two of them by lead bullets.
According to an item in The Buenos Aires Herald, “Incidents broke out when police officers evicted a group of demonstrators who were rallying in the intersection of Sarmiento and Paraná streets to support protesters who have been occupying the Alberdi Hall of the building since 2010.[
Not surprisingly, the Buenos Aires Security Minister Guillermo Montenego first denied the cops had fired live rounds into the protestors. After video of the incident surfaced, this two-faced lying politician was forced to admit that there were injuries.
Montenegro promises that an investigation will be carried out in the near future.
If he’s anything like his American counterparts, I don’t expect we’ll see much actually done.