May 25 is one of the largest annual, national celebrations in Argentina. It marks the anniversary of Spain’s Viceroy to Buenos Aires getting kicked out and a few folks — who have been come to known as “Primera Junta” — decided it was time for Argentina to be independent.
Unlike Independence Day in America, May 25 doesn’t mark independence itself, it rather marks the start of the struggle for independence. Freedom itself didn’t come here until three years later on July 9th.
While Argentine military in the street handed out water, hot chocolate and candy bars to celebrants, President Cristina Kirchner and her “Kirchnerites” took to the stage to proclaim how great the country was doing.
Like I said, it was three parts political rally.
Unable to point to any significant improvement as a result of her administration, Kirchner instead invoked the memories and ghosts of the dead.
Too bad Cristina won’t let the dead rest in peace, but rather has to resort to propping up her failed and corrupt policies with three people that weren’t any better.
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- 25 de Mayo – The May Revolution – May 25 (site.buenaondafoods.com)
- Argentina Proposal: Buy Bonds Or Go To Jail… (bloomberg.com)
- Argentines polarised over the Kirchner decade (bbc.co.uk)