Argentine senator Miguel Angel Pichetto, a Peronist, lashed out against the alleged lack of violence used by law enforcement to stomp the turbulence created by football fans which recently took place prior to the Copa Libertadores Final, in Buenos Aires.
“The French police, in the face of an event like this, do you know how they beat? They really beat,” said Pinchetto, jurist, member of the Council of Magistrates, and national legislator.
For the senator, the way to quell violence in a society is to use more violence.
Pinchetto’s comments come as a criticism to government handling of the football match just a few days before the G-20 summit, in Argentina.
A non-repression stance in public law enforcement is the consequence of “a cultural leftist vision” leading to “distorted values,” according to Pinchetto.
The legislator’s own political leanings seem quite in opposition to the center-left political platform which he has been a part of for over a decade.
For Pinchetto, the elite within the left is responsible for “building a set of values,” where police are not allowed to beat up people and defend themselves with violence and where their “operatives are questioned.”
Argentina is a country with a history of totalitarian repression of popular social protest. Dictator’s such as Jorge Rafael Videla, Emilio Eduardo Massera, and Orlando Ramon Agosti advocated the use of repression to maintain law and order.
The result of their conservative agenda was taken to extreme instances leading to torture, disappearances, and killings, scarring Argentinean society for decades to come and leaving many family members still waiting for the resolutions of crimes committed under dictatorial regimes, until today.