New Fifty Peso Note Unveiled on Anniversary of Falklands/Malvinas War: In a ceremony at the Casa Rosada yesterday, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner launched a new $50 note featuring a map of the islands to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the start of the war. In the national colours of tones of blue, the note displays a map of the archipelago and a comorant, a typical bird from the Atlantic coast, on one side, and Antonio ‘El Gaucho’ Rivero raising the Argentine flag on the reverse side. Rivero was a gaucho living on the islands who led an 1833 uprising against the settlers, murdering the five leaders along with two others. The note will be legal tender in around six months, and will replace the current bill which features former president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. It is the second new banknote that has been introduced under the current administration – since 2012 all new $100 banknotes feature Eva ‘Evita’ Perón, replacing Julio Argentino Roca. It was the first time a woman had appeared on a banknote in Argentina.
Argentine forces invaded the Falkland/Malvinas Islands on 2nd April 1982 but surrendered after ten weeks of fighting. Over 650 Argentines and 250 British soldiers were killed in the fighting.
Judge Condemns Recent Spate of ‘Vigilante Justice’: Vice president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Judge Elena Highton de Nolasco, said today that the recent cases of vigilante justice “are violent, bloody, mass murder”, and not a proportional response to the “theft of a handbag”. The spate of lynchings, which saw one alleged robber killed by a crowd in Rosario last week, has caused a media frenzy, with some editorials suggesting the response is necessary due to a lack of police and security presence. Highton de Nolasco went on to say “I don’t think this is the result of a lack of justice… There were cases in which the police had caught the thief and people wanted to take him away to be beaten. I don’t know why it is being encouraged as if it were a good thing.” Her statements were backed by a group of magistrates from the province of Buenos Aires, who called the recent cases “summary executions”, and called for peace. The church added its voice to those criticising the violence, Monseñor Jorge Lozano, said today: “If it is vigilante, it is not justice.”
The comments have not stemmed the spate of attacks. Earlier today, an 18-year-old was beaten unconscious in the town of Santa Rosa, Catamarca, after he allegedly stole a woman’s handbag. It is the second such attack in the town in under a week – last week another youth was beaten until paramedics arrived after he fell off his motorbike, apparently fleeing the scene of a robbery.