Milei starts the re-foundation of Argentina

A few days before the end of the year, Javier Milei is not leaving the Argentines in peace and is attacking again with a new and controversial mega-regulation project that was sent to Congress yesterday. This is the “Law of the Foundations and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines,” a capacious title that was immediately renamed by the media as the “Law of the Foundations and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines.” Omnibus Law – to refer to a project that includes multiple standards – overall they are 664 articles containing reforms in all aspects of the lives of Argentines.

With this rule, the Milei administration is asking Congress not only for broad legislative authority, but also to declare “the Public emergency in economic, financial, tax, pension, security, defense, energy, health and customs matters, administrative and social until December 31, 2025”, with which it aims to “restore the economic and social order on the basis of the liberal doctrine enshrined in the National Constitution of 1853”. This re-foundation of Argentina, which Milei strives to achieve overnight, has caused astonishment and amazement.

The most controversial measures of the “libertarian” government, which provoke the greatest public rejection, have precisely to do with certain restrictions on freedoms, such as: B. punishing the right to protest, with increased fines and prison sentences of up to six years for organizers of marches and pickets; the restriction of gatherings in public spaces: if there are more than three people, permission must be obtained from the government and finally the expansion of the parameters of “legitimate defense” in the criminal code, which strengthens the security forces and enables a strong hand, as it points out that “it must always be interpreted in favor of those who act in accordance with their duty or in the legitimate exercise of their right, authority or position”, which gave rise to this Return of “due obedience”, implemented in 1987 and allowing impunity until 2003, when the abolition of this law brought to justice the soldiers involved in crimes against humanity during the dictatorship.

This omnibus law covers what is controversial National Emergency Decision (DNU) and also other issues of all kinds, such as the suspension of the pension mobility formula: now the increases will be by decree and at the discretion of the government; The number of legislators is reduced, the monotax is almost doubled, the express divorce is carried out by mutual consent without the intervention of lawyers or judges; In secondary school, a final examination is taken and a teaching assessment is mandatory every five years; Imported products can be imported tax-free for personal use; Jury trial is conducted at the federal level and judges are required to wear black robes. and the resale of tickets for events such as concerts and football games is also possible at public events.

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In Argentina these days there is already talk of “dictatorship” and “state of siege” and President Milei is being compared to the Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori, who, also in the first days of his administration, implemented a “package” of laws that included the privatization of all public companies, but which, when it was not approved by Congress, staged a self-coup and dissolved Congress.

But far from the headlines of the major newspapers and the clamor of citizens on the street complaining about the rise in prices that the news shows hour after hour, Milei greeted a deserted plaza with his ministers yesterday from one of the balconies of the Casa Rosada de Mayo, guarded by law enforcement. And in La Matanza district, National Road No. 3 remained closed, where Minister Patricia Bullrich’s “anti-picketing” protocol was not approved by the governor of Buenos Aires province. “We are cutting off the conservative neoliberal model that the government wants to implement to put the country up for sale.” “We are protesting because the government has not yet delivered food to snack bars or soup kitchens and because it is destroying the working middle class.” said union leader Carlos D’Elia.

Milei is now facing two new fronts. The Central Committee of the General Confederation of Trade Unions (CGT) called for this after a plenary session a general and state strike on January 24thThis also includes mobilizing Congress to reject this “omnibus law” and the DNU, which only comes into force today. The CGT also decided to condemn the DNU. “When we mobilized against the DNU, we learned about this new law, which is exponentially worse than the DNU because it attacks the health system and pensioners, takes over the pensioners’ guarantee fund, where workers lose freedoms and rights and only benefits it.” a group of business people. “This cannot happen in Argentina,” said Héctor Daer, secretary general of the CGT.

The second front that reacted yesterday against the “decree” and the new Milei megaproject is the local authorities. 500 mayors from across Argentina, from Tierra del Fuego in the south to Jujuy in the north, have made a call for protection “to stop Milei’s DNU, and that completely eclipses the 100 years of rights that we Argentines have known how to achieve,” said Fernando Espinoza. Mayor of La Matanza. “A president and ten people create a DNU that benefits only a handful of large economic groups and harms 90% of Argentines.” “As representatives of millions of neighbors, we tell Milei that he will not destroy Argentina and individual freedoms in 18 days as president can.”

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