As the controversy surrounding money laundering allegations at the highest echelons of government continues to capture headlines, Indy reporter Sabrina Hummel finds out what people have to say on the matter.
Alberto, 61, businessman, Palermo
What concerns me are not these allegations of corruption, rather the way the current government is handling the country. Money laundering is just another symptom of the government’s mismanagement. We all knew it was going on. In the ’80s, prior to her presidency, reporters asked Cristina “Why do you need so much money?” to which she replied, “to be a real politician you need lots of money”. I’m not sure whether she became a politician to gain access to money, or if she really does require such vast sums of money in order to be a politician. I do think though that perhaps for the current administration, politics is a pretext under which they make their money. They really like money, its really sad. This country could be in a much better place if politicians exercised a little common sense.
Juan Manuel, 26, shop assistant, Gualeguaychú
I am aware that both corruption and money laundering exist in this government, as in all governments. Mainstream media only brings a small part of this corruption to our attention. I don’t think there is a single politician who could be said to be 100% free of corruption. I don’t know who to vote for. No one can say anything for certain. They are all bad – you just have to choose the lesser evil. The current party’s public relations – in garnering the support of famous sports persons and actresses speaks volumes of how seriously politics is treated here! I know corruption is prevalent everywhere, but I don’t think a change in government would fix it, indeed it will continue to happen or get worse.
Maria, 75, retired, Spain
My grandchildren would never live here – one of them is living in Brazil. The situation here is a disaster. I am totally against what is going on. I’ve lived here for 55 years and the situation is only getting worse and worse. I know this country intimately, and it saddens me to see what is going on here.
Paula, 20, student, Palermo
The government has spent years and years stealing and laundering money. That people continue to vote for this government and that they continue to have such strong support is unbelievable. The fact that the government is trying to divert attention away from these allegations (as they have done in other instances) is awful. They are not taking responsibility for their crimes. Whenever something emerges that casts the government in a bad light, they try and change the subject, in this case, with changes to the judiciary. It is an attempt to distract the population from what is really going on and gives their own party something to focus on. It does not surprise me that the government has been money laundering.
Roberto, 62, specialist in religious anthropology, United States
Corruption is a global problem. Argentina is just a part of the world where this is happening – all countries are connected. Obviously there are levels of corruption: some corruption is subtler whilst some is more blatant. Corruption in Argentina is blatant. In reality, corruption is part of life, it’s just that in Argentina people have become accustomed to it. The assassination of JFK in the USA is an example of corruption, in total three presidents have been assassinated there. The Argentines are unique. They don’t care what’s going on, rather they keep doing what they are doing. Argentines like to pontificate, they like to give their opinion on things, but then they don’t to anything about it. They carry on with their lives as if nothing was going on. In effect the people are partly to blame for corruption thanks to their antipathy and lack of resistance. If eliminating corruption were something they really cared about, they would do something about it. Argentina in undisciplined, it is like a spoilt child who doesn’t respect rules. Argentines are great as individuals, but are lacking as a whole.