Buenos Aires (EFE) and perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
“I am not interested in the end if they are going to condemn us, if they are going to disqualify me, they are going to put me in jail… I don’t care. What matters, fundamentally, is that we return to rebuild a democratic and constitutional state, in which the guarantees of the Constitution are not painted cardboard. This is what it is about, ”said the former president (2007-2015), who announced that she will appeal the aforementioned sentence.
Fernández participated in the closing table of the conference “Popular will and democracy: from the military party to the judicial party, threats to democracy”, organized by the Puebla Group, a forum that brings together progressive leaders from Latin America and Spain, such as I “support” the vice president for what he considers a judicial persecution against him.
The speech of the Argentine vice president
Sitting between the former presidents of the Government of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (2004-2011) and of Ecuador Rafael Correa (2007-2017), Fernández referred to the ‘lawfare’ (judicial war) comparing it with military regimes.
“What is ‘lawfare’? What the military party was to the popular governments of the 20th century in Latin America, the ‘lawfare’ is exactly the same to the national, popular and democratic governments of the 21st century”, indicated the vice president.
In her opinion, the cases of ‘lawfare’ or what she called the “criminalization of politics” have to do “with the redistribution of income”.
In this sense, he considered that “stigmatization” and “persecution” have “another objective” different from “reimposing an economic model”, which is “to discipline the leaders of the national popular camp.”
Fernández boasted of the Kirchner governments (2003-2015) and expressed his wish that Argentina return to the way it was at the beginning of the 21st century, of which he highlighted the recovery of “memory, truth and justice.”
“Rebuild a country like the one we once had, because it can be done, because we did it once and because Peronism did it in the last century and because they also did it with the construction of the homelands or the great homeland Latin America in the 19th century,” he said between clapping and applause from “Cristina, president.”
Support from the Puebla Group to Cristina Fernández
The Puebla Group convened this international meeting as “support” for Cristina Fernández, within the framework of the III World Forum on Human Rights, which is being held this week in Buenos Aires.
This discussion forum was created in 2019 in the Mexican city of Puebla and includes leaders such as the aforementioned Rodríguez Zapatero and Correa, the Bolivian Evo Morales, the Colombian Ernesto Samper and the Brazilian Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva -the latter absent-.
Nor did another of the group’s founders attend, the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, although several of the participants highlighted his figure as fundamental to organizing this tribute to the vice president.
This tribute was to be held last December, but the event had to be canceled at that time due to the former president’s positive for covid-19.