The “Happiness Revolution” in Argentina

Thursday, 18 May 2017 12:00
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by Valeria Aghilarre (EPOS)
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Mauricio Macrì won the presidential elections in Argentina in 2015. The leitmotiv of his electoral campaing was the so-called “Happines Revolution”, but the country seems not having reached (yet) what Macrì had promised to the population.The problems of a big country like Argentina are not only connected with the economic crises, that persist in the country, but also with the lack of freedom of speech, women and indigenous rights that are not properly guaranteed and the abuses of the police, as the Human Rights Watch reported.

The economic crisis does not show any sign of improvement, only six months after the election of Macrì, all the promises where broken, inflation index increased over 30% making life-cost hard to support and unemployment raising. Not all the sectors were disadvantages by the government’s policies, for example industries, thanks to the devaluation of national currency in favor to dollars, was favored in the export; making poor, poorer and rich, richer. The government did lot of cut off, producing trade union’s reaction that manifested under the streets, as the national strike proclaimed on 6th April 2017 that involved public transport, industry, health care and education system.

Media were victims of several attacks, like the creation of an agency that reports to the Communication Ministry, with the purpose to regulate and control the mediatic system. Macrì is also trying to get a famous channel “teleSUR” off from the airwaves, but this President’s attitude is not a news indeed reportage show how Macrì expressed his aversion to media that does not support him. The fight against freedom to press and speech is still open in the case of Milagro Sala, a woman and social leader who was arrested in December 2015 during a peaceful manifestation, who is still in prisons just because expressed her opinions. Women in general are victims of many manifestations of hate, especially murders, that usually remain unpunished; in 2015, there were 235 femicides, but only seven convictions. Indigenous still have problems in access justice, education, health care and basic services as the Human rights reported, and the process to implement laws to protect them goes on slowly.

The National Penitentiary Office created in 2003 to protect detainees’ conditions, reported that the use of violence continue to be an important issue in Argentina. Even if police perpetrated the use of force against detainees, prisons overcrowd conditions and inadequate facilities should be considerate as other causes of death. In 2015 were recorded three deaths per days in province prisons of Buenos Aires connected to preventable illnesses. The precarious conditions of Argentina do prefigure a simple future for the people of the country and sign the total failure of the “Happiness Revolution”.


DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect EPOS WorldView’s

Last modified on Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:13
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