President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has condemned the attacks on the British embassy on 2 April, calling them “an act of vandalism” rather than a “social protest.”
The president issued the statement today at the inauguration of the Bariloche airport. She noted that they “do not represent the policy in a time of absolute democracy” and that there is “no need to burn flags.”
“I am extremely aware that both governments have seen great progress in democratic rights,” she stated. “These groups have arisen suddenly and so violently that they are not representative of Argentina, but of opposing interests.”<
The 2nd April marked the 30-year anniversary of the beginning of the Malvinas/Falklands War. Protestors threw firebombs; police responded with water cannons.
It was reported in several publications that hundreds of members of the left-leaning groups Quebracho, Revolutionary Communist Party (PCR), and the Popular Student and Anti-imperialist (CEPA) movement were involved. However, a spokesperson from Quebracho denied their involvement.
President Fernández de Kirchner also called on judges to follow the penal code and act accordingly.
“They are not protests, but acts of provocation – but we will not give into that,” she said.