January 20, 2022 5:59 pm

Argentina trapped in the Bolivarian Jurassic Park

Fate, chance, the gods do not usually send great emissaries on white horses, or in the czar’s mail. Fate, in all its versions, always uses humble heralds, he warned Francisco Umbral. During the summer of 2016, the herald in question turned out to be indeed a modest middle-aged Cuban who collected garbage in a large “all inclusive” hotel in the city of Varadero. A 15-year-old Argentine, who was there on vacation with his mother, entered into conversations with the employee through a common passion: soccer. Shortly after chatting, the teenager became interested in life on the island and the man asked the boy if he could put some food to take home in his backpack. Each night, Agustin Antonetti he passed the clandestine plate to him in the bathroom, and the man received it as if it were a gold ingot. Those were the first traces of customs that Agustín perceived about the true situation of the Cuban revolution. An imam led him to fraternize with other boys who worked in the same hotel, and immediately with others with whom he played ball on the beach; He was soon drawn to the neighborhoods and non-tourist areas, where he learned many things and made friends. When he returned to Pergamino, where he lives, Agustín Antonetti was another. He began to be interested in that society that lives under a militarized and implacable regime, with severe limitations on the internet, a single television channel and no freedom of the press, and where fear, punishment of the dissident and inexcusable and massive poverty prevail. He opened a Twitter account and maintained an intense relationship with some of those friends, and immediately with other Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans in a state of alert and despair, and began to publish from his tablet and his cell phone the news silenced by those same dictatorships and the atrocities they committed under the cover of censorship and the repugnant complicity of vast segments of the left caviar, which is a faithful lover of “21st century socialism” provided that it is practiced in the third world and does not threaten its European comfort.

Disinterested in party politics, hardly a defender of democracy and with a strictly humanistic sense, Agustín received daily sorrowful information sent by comrades or relatives of the victims of that totalitarian system: 15 to 20-year-old kids who raised their voices and they were imprisoned and confined in appalling conditions, they were even tortured for attending protests, or they received extremely long and unjust sentences. When the unprecedented and alluvial march of July 11 took place – that Sunday the Cuban youth took to the streets like never before – Antonetti narrated it in real time with his own words, and with images and concrete data that the protesters sent him about the repression brutal, arrests and torture; In this way they tried to break the informational siege and the consequent impunity, and they succeeded: the documented events went around the world.

Alberto Fernández cannot contain Wado de Pedro and proposes to have short cuts for Maduro, Diosdado Cabello, Raúl Castro, Díaz-Canel and Rosario Murillo

The rebellion had started in San Antonio de los Baños, a city of thirty thousand inhabitants. In Pergamino, Agustín received a video, published it and went viral instantly. At the time, and as an imitation effect, thousands of indignant people joined the movement in Guantánamo, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, and finally in Havana, where they made history. It was a very intense day, and the next morning, when Agustín got out of bed, they warned him that the Cuban Foreign Minister himself was appointing him on the national channel: he was accused of being “an experienced politician” and of being “destabilizing” to the country. A sixty-year dictatorship destabilized by a kid from Pergamino; a despotic and all-powerful breed threatened by the lonely amateur action of a distant internet user. Later the tv show Round table He wrote it down, and the Minister of Telecommunications would slip there that Agustín Antonetti was a CIA agent. Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, former intelligence chief and leader of the famous Avispa network, launched a global campaign against the Argentine teenager, and counted on the invaluable collaboration of a Podemos advisor. Pergamino’s tweeter came out several times on Gramma for being an abominable hit man in this “cyberwar”, and the former Foreign Minister of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza He suggested with a poker face that he was a spy and that he was protected by great powers of imperialism. In Venezuela, both the government and the chain Telesur they replicated the libretto, and even Forum of San Pablo signed a statement of repudiation against that damned “right wing influencer.” In Argentina, a progressive newspaper took the paragraphs of Gramma, he cut them out and pasted them on the inside pages without having the minimum journalistic dignity of calling the accused to corroborate the versions that the helpful Cuban embassy in Buenos Aires would have given him like mush. Fortunately, in parallel, Agustín Antonetti was requested by the media of twenty democratic nations; He was interviewed by the Bloomberg agency to Australian television. 15 days ago he was decorated in Rosario with the Medal of Freedom, and timidly conveyed his enormous bitterness for the protection that the fourth Kirchnerist government offers to those serial violators of human rights. Human Rights Watch asserts that 2021 was the year with the most political prisoners so far this century. There are children arrested for sedition and they are confined in infamous jails; a serious anthology of the horrors perpetrated by these close allies of the Argentine Foreign Ministry would not fit in a three-volume book.

This personal story, and at the same time collective, is inevitably inscribed in the hottest news: those same Castroites of different colors who commit crimes against humanity in their countries happily visited Buenos Aires and held on Friday the summit of foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac). It was an anti-American and anti-European forum at a crucial moment, while Martín Guzmán tries to seduce the United States, main shareholder of International Monetary Fund, and at the same time retain the backing of the European Union. Our head of state sealed with that theatrical ceremony in the Palacio San Martín his association with the sad tyranny of Daniel Ortega and with the rest of the dinosaurs of the Bolivarian Jurassic Park, and some of its officials had the audacity to slip in a low voice that they offered Washington to be “mediators” and “contain within this space the most radicalized.” It is interesting: Alberto Fernández cannot contain Wado de Pedro, and proposes to have short cuts to Maduro, Diosdado Cabello, Raúl Castro, Díaz-Canel, Rosario Murillo and other beautiful souls of bloody nationalism. For this he offered himself as a figurehead of a ship whose sole purpose is to whitewash the authoritarians and one day replace the OAS, who pesters them with his revelations. During the last electoral campaign, the Ortega couple, who contributed the key vote to crown Fernández as president pro tempore of this sympathetic group, ordered the arrest of some 40 political leaders – among them, seven opposition candidates -, militants of human rights, journalists, businessmen and student and peasant leaders. Chance, fate and the gods assist us.


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