The Argentine president receives relatives of victims of the 2001 repression

File photo of Argentine President Alberto Fernández. EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

Buenos Aires, Dec 1 (EFE) .- Argentine President Alberto Fernández met this Wednesday with relatives of victims of the police repression of December 19 and 20, 2001, a few days after commemorating 20 years of the events that left 39 dead throughout the country in the midst of a serious social crisis, according to official sources.
“During the meeting, the relatives requested that the bill be promoted as quickly as possible so that there is financial reparation for the responsibility that the State had in the face of the violent events that occurred on that date,” they indicated in an official statement.
On December 20, a commemorative act will be held in the City of Buenos Aires, in which the families of the victims will participate, which will include the placement of a plaque with the names of the deceased.
In addition, similar activities will be carried out in all the provinces of the South American country to remember those who lost their lives during the repressive days.
“The bill was given from a request of ours to be able to think together a reparatory law that includes the relatives of the victims from all over the country who have been left very unprotected,” said María Arena, wife of Gastón Riva, who was murdered. bullets by police forces.
“The President promised to present a project in the next few days to be able to raise it as soon as possible,” he added, according to the official notice.
The black days of December 19 and 20, 2001, which resulted in 39 murdered protesters, were a consequence of the deep crisis that had settled in the country and the establishment of the so-called “corralito” by the Government that restricted bank withdrawals. to citizens at $ 250 per week.
At that time, the currency parity system was still in place, where an Argentine peso was worth the same as a US dollar.
Based on the strong social pressure and riots that broke out in the streets of the country, former President Fernando de la Rúa (1999-2001) chose to resign and had to leave the Casa Rosada, headquarters of the Executive Power, by helicopter.
In 2016 the sentence was known that sentenced former Argentine Security Secretary Enrique Mathov to four years and three months in prison, three years and six months in prison for the former head of the Federal Police, Rubén Santos, and suspended sentences of three years in prison. for Norberto Gaudiero, commissioner in charge of police operations, as well as sentences of up to six years for six other officers.
De la Rúa was excluded from the trial by a judicial decision that considered that he acted in a legitimate and constitutional manner by declaring on December 19, 2001, a state of siege in the face of civil protests.
In 2020, the Federal Chamber of Criminal Cassation confirmed the sentences, but ordered a review of the amount of the penalties, this process was delayed until November 4 of this year, although at the moment the Argentine Justice has not been issued in this regard.
For its part, the defense of the accused again requested the prescription of the case because more than 15 years have passed since the criminal process began.

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