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Sat Jan 9, 2021, 02:52 PM

Argentina issues OAS statement in support of Joe Biden, condemning 'destabilization attempt'

The Argentine Government issued a declaration at the Organization of American States (OAS) in support of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, and condemning the "failed destabilization attempt" that took place in the form of an assault on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing rioters on January 6.

The statement, signed by Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá, Ambassador to the U.S. Jorge Argüello, and OAS Ambassador Carlos Raimundi, was submitted on Thursday, and reads:

Declaration saluting President-elect Joe Biden and the American people, and denouncing the failed destabilization attempt.

The Argentine Republic celebrates the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of that country's recent presidential elections, and reiterates our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden for his electoral triumph.

The recent incidents in Washington, DC, deserve the firmest condemnation as they were meant to distort legitimate electoral results, improbable as that may have been.

They demonstrate that no country is free from attempts, by differing means, to ignore the electorate's democratic pronouncement.

We trust in the functioning of American institutions. These events should strengthen the conviction in all nations that embrace democracy, that democracy requires the constant commitment by our peoples as we seek to affirm it.

Wednesday's violent incidents at the U.S. Capitol evoked painful memories in Argentina - which saw six military coups from 1930 to 1976, waves of political violence from both left and right-wing extremists in the 1970s, and numerous coup attempts (the last, in 1990).

An economic collapse in December 2001 featured massive riots - including the breaching and vandalism of Argentina's Congress, in scenes resembling Wednesday's Capitol assault.

More recently, right-wing riots took place in 2012 (following the re-election of President Cristina Kirchner) and in 2020 - where opposition to current President Alberto Fernández dovetailed with opposition to social distancing measures and other efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, which has killed over 44,000 in Argentina (the world's 12th-highest death toll).

The 2012 right-wing protests included a failed attempt to breach Congress, and both that year's protests and 2020's have often featured nooses, mock guillotines, placards with death threats, and a green Ford Falcon - the vehicle of choice for the abduction of dissidents and union organizers during the country's last dictatorship in the late 1970s.

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Argentine President Alberto Fernández (right) and the country's Ambassador to the U.S., Jorge Argüello, during a meeting last year at the Casa Rosada presidential office building.

The first Latin American leader to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on November 7, Fernández issued a repudiation of Wednesday's Capitol Hill assault by Trump supporters within a few hours of the initial incidents.

Fernández - like his Vice President, Cristina Kirchner, during her 2007-15 tenure as president - has been the target of numerous right-wing protests since taking office a year ago.

These often include death threats as well as attacks on correspondents believed to be supportive of his center-left administration.

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Reply Argentina issues OAS statement in support of Joe Biden, condemning 'destabilization attempt' (Original post)
sandensea Jan 2021 OP
Budi Jan 2021 #1
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Judi Lynn Jan 2021 #5
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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 02:58 PM

1. That's a BFD! Our allies know Joe Biden & will stand with the USA.




"Declaration saluting President-elect Joe Biden and the American people, and denouncing the failed destabilization attempt. "

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Response to Budi (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 03:23 PM

2. Well said. Argentines in particular have learned to take these right-wing putsches seriously

In the past, they were outright coups.

More recently, in the form of (astro-turf) protests and riots - but often by more subtle means, such as the use of right-wing media to stoke financial instability or (if possible) panic.

They definitely have their Faux News and hate radio equivalents - the worst being outlets belonging to the Clarín Group, which used its support of dictatorships in the past to gain a Murdoch-like vise on the country's media landscape.

And like in the U.S., white grievance played a key role throughout.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 03:32 PM

3. Interesting history snippet. So true about

So true about "having learned to take these right-wing putsches seriously."

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Response to Budi (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 05:08 PM

4. Thank you. May this (the Capitol riot) be thoroughly investigated, including Ginni Thomas

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 09:17 PM

5. Wonderful news. Hoping our moral administration will be able to be a strong friend to Fernandez.

Argentina's President has lived through some horrendous times, and has remained faithful to the citizenry, then volunteered to assume the overwhelming task of putting the country back on the road, from the deep ditch where Mauricio Macri buried it as he attempted to restore the fascist dictatorship.

Both leaders are conscientious, responsible, moral men. Will be anxious to see the time coming when the US can be the friend to Argentina's people, rather than to Argentina's dictatorship as it was, sadly, during the Dirty War, under Republican leadership.

Thank you, sandensea!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 09:35 PM

6. You're welcome, Judi. I hope so too.

Fernández - and Peronists today in general - are much closer to Sanders-wing Democrats ideologically than to the GOP (which are more like Macri - though he wasn't quite as right-wing).

Fernández, moreover, is grappling with a socio-economic crisis - while trying to normalize debt payments by making them more sustainable.

This, of course, includes Macri's $45 billion IMF debt - which, as you can imagine, Trump's IMF delegate has been uncooperative on.

Argentina's right-wingers have been trying just as hard to overthrow Fernández as well, I might add - though voters down there are (generally) far too familiar with destabilization to fall for it anymore.

Similarly, the GOP will find that Wednesday's assault only strengthened Biden politically - and Democrats more broadly.

If they ever want to recover politically, the GOP should try behaving like adults - for a change.

Thanks again for your thoughts, and have a great weekend Judi.

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