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Criminalization of protest reaches higher levels in Argentine democracy

Detained protesters were charged with sedition, while many others face terrorism charges.

Encouraged by the unusual statement from the Government that spoke of an alleged “coup attempt,” prosecutor Carlos Stornelli requested preventive detention for all those arrested and charged them with 15 crimes, including “sedition.” Judge María Servini has already investigated the first ten detainees.

In another act of the disproportionate escalation of judicial and political violence, the protesters arrested at random during the mobilization against the Bases Law and accused of alleged “sedition” against the national government were transferred to the Marcos Paz and Ezeiza penal units.

The information was provided to the press by several relatives of some of the people who since Wednesday were arbitrarily housed in police stations and wardens awaiting their release. “They were transferred to units of the Federal Penitentiary System,” they confirmed in a brief statement.

The family of Brian Ortiz, a History student at the Higher Teacher Training Institute No. 1 of Avellaneda, reported that he “has just been transferred to (the Penitentiary Unit of) Ezeiza, accusing him of terrorist acts.”

Due to this new information, the families suspended the mobilization they had planned for today in front of the detention places and courts, and called for another one at noon in the Retiro courts, in Buenos Aires.

Arbitrary arrests and persecution

Arbitrary detention, false accusations with disproportionate criminal charges, incommunicado detention, transfers during the early hours of the morning and lack of notification and information to family members are characteristics of a modus operandi that the security forces and the Judiciary had not applied for years. in Argentina.

The judicial persecution against the 33 arrested during the day of protests on Wednesday escalated to grotesque levels. Encouraged by fake news launched through social networks financed by the government of Javier Milei, the questioned prosecutor Carlos Stornelli requested preventive detention for all and charged them with 15 crimes, including against the constitutional order.

For now, the relatives were informed that some of them had been taken to higher security prisons, outside the orbit of the City of Buenos Aires. Meanwhile, Servini must investigate 23 other defendants who were under the Buenos Aires Justice but joined her cause and that is why she was left as the only judge in charge of all the detainees.


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