Posts Tagged ‘Argentine President Mauricio Macri’

Argentina arrests 12 ‘anarchists’ in bomb attacks ahead of G20

November 16, 2018

The arrests came after one bomb exploded in Buenos Aires and another was thrown at a judge’s home. Authorities say security is at “maximum alert” in order to avoid disturbances to the upcoming G20 summit.

Bomb Squad in Buenos Aires (Reuters/Stringer)

Argentina, which will be hosting the first G20 summit of world leaders ever held in South America on November 30 and December 1, has arrested 12 people suspected of being anarchists. Officials say the arrests were made in connection to two bomb incidents in the capital, Buenos Aires.

Officials say that one woman, suspected of involvement in the first incident, was injured on Wednesday when a bomb went off at the mausoleum of an Argentine police chief killed by anarchists 100 years ago. The second incident involved a bag of explosives thrown at the house of a judge. The device did not go off and was later detonated by authorities.

It is not known if the bomb attacks were related to the arrest of a man who interfered with the communications system at one of the capital’s two main airports on Sunday. Jorge Newbery airport was forced to shut down for 30 minutes after the individual used a radio with aeronautical frequency spectrum to order a commercial jet to take off. The pilot of the plane ignored the command and alerted authorities, who arrested the man outside the airport.

‘Maximum alert’

Although officials have not said whether they believe the incidents had any connection with the upcoming G20 summit, Justice Minister German Garavano said the country’s security forces were operating on “maximum alert.” Speaking of the arrests, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said she believed the suspects had an “anarchist orientation.”

Argentina, which is already the site of sustained street protests over government austerity measures, is redoubling its efforts to ensure the G20 summit is not marred by the kinds of protests seen last year in Hamburg, where hundreds of people were injured and damages ran into the millions.

Human rights activist Nora Cortinaz attends the Confluencia Fuera G20 press conference in Buenos Aires (Reuters/M. Brindicci)Human rights activist Nora Cortinaz was one of many who attended the Confluencia Fuera G20 press conference in Buenos Aires to call for peaceful mass protest

On Thursday, dozens of groups, including social organizations and trade unions, announced that they planned to protest when world leaders arrive in the capital. Beverly Keene from Confluencia Fuera G20, an alliance of G20 critics, called on “the entire population to massively protest against the G20’s policies of austerity, poverty, looting, contamination, misery and death.”

Keene decried the center-right government of Argentine President Mauricio Macri for criminalizing groups planning on protesting world leaders: “We are not enemies, nor terrorists. We are organizations in favor of peace.”

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Israeli leader in Argentina, lauds effort to solve 1994 Jewish center bombing

September 13, 2017

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Argentine President Mauricio Macri gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a box with hard drives containing all of Argentina’s government archives related to the Holocaust, during a ceremony at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires Tuesday. | REUTERS

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday used the first Latin America visit of a sitting Israeli prime minister to praise President Mauricio Macri’s effort to solve the bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center in 1994 that killed 85 people.

Argentine courts have blamed the attack on Iran. But no one has been brought to trial in either that case or the deadly 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Iran denies playing a role in either attack.

“We know without a doubt that Iran and Hezbollah initiated and backed up the attacks,” Netanyahu told reporters. Hezbollah is an Islamist militant group based in Lebanon.

He praised fellow conservative Macri for jump-starting efforts to solve the crimes. Critics accuse previous Argentine leader Cristina Fernandez of trying to improve ties with Iran rather than focusing on bringing the bombers to justice.

“He strengthened Argentina’s position compared with what it was before. I honor his commitment and the integrity of his effort to determine what happened,” Netanyahu said.

Under Fernandez, the prosecutor probing the attack on the AMIA Jewish community center was found dead in January 2015, just hours before he was to appear in Congress to outline his accusation that Fernandez had tried to clear the way for a “grains for oil” deal with Iran by whitewashing Iran’s role in the truck bombing.

The prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was discovered on the floor of his Buenos Aires apartment with a pistol by his side and a bullet in his head. The death was classified as a suicide, but Nisman’s family and friends dismissed that idea as absurd.

Opinion polls show most Argentines believe his death was a homicide.

Macri won the presidency and succeeded Fernandez in late 2015. He has since boosted ties with the United States and Israel while trying to attract the foreign investment he says is needed to stimulate an economy damaged by the inflationary policies and heavy currency controls of the Fernandez years.

Macri has met with Nisman’s family and says he has made a high priority of solving his death and the AMIA bombing.

Netanyahu and Macri are also “in ideological harmony” on issues like free trade, development and security, Israel’s ambassador to Argentina Ilan Sztulman told local radio.

Netanyahu is traveling with executives of 30 Israeli companies looking to increase trade with Latin America.

They include cyber security, irrigation and other agricultural technology firms that could help Argentina reinforce its position as the world’s top exporter of soymeal livestock feed and a major supplier of corn and raw soybeans.

After Argentina, Netanyahu will visit Colombia and Mexico before addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19. The diplomatic flurry might take domestic attention off two corruption investigations centering on Netanyahu in Israel.

He was accompanied on the trip by his wife Sara Netanyahu. On Friday, Israel’s attorney general said he was considering indicting her on suspicion of using state funds for personal dining and catering services amounting to some $100,000.

Additional reporting by Eliana Raszewski in Buenos Aires and Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Howard Goller

Pence says confident of peaceful Venezuela solution, seeks trade with Argentina

August 15, 2017


AUGUST 15, 2017 / 12:36 PM

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in Buenos Aires on Tuesday he was confident of reaching a “peaceable” solution for Venezuela with economic and diplomatic pressure on Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

He applauded Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s “bold reform agenda” and said the two had spoken of increasing two-way trade during their meeting.

Reporting by Luc Cohen; Writing by Caroline Stauffer

Analysis of UN Speeches Last Week Shows Rise in Uncertainty, Fear — Language of “anxiety words” on the rise globally, which is not good for mental health

September 25, 2016

Words like “fear” and “uncertainty” are more common than last year amid competing global crises