Jorge Macri, the head of the Buenos Aires Government, maintained that fixing the damage caused during the third day of demonstration against the Omnibus Law will cost the City $107 million.
“The excesses cost all of us in Buenos Aires dearly: the cleaning, repair and order of the area affected yesterday (Friday) by the violent incidents implies a total cost of $106,890,000. We are going to make those vandals and criminals who destroyed the street furniture that belongs to everyone pay,” he asserted.
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“In addition to replacing the 15 containers and 35 garbage cans that were set on fire and vandalized, it will be necessary to replace public lighting materials, streetlight glass, mailboxes and fix tiles, sidewalk curbs, cover graffiti and clean the entire square and its surroundings” , said.
Along the same lines, the Buenos Aires president clarified: “We are already cleaning and fixing the area to leave it the way we Buenos Aires people want it and we choose it every day. I want to reaffirm my commitment to the change that the majority of Buenos Aires people voted for.”
Protesters set fire to six containers. (Photo: Agustina Ribó/TN)
“Violence is not the way and we are not going to allow a few to take away the peace that we seek in our City,” Jorge Macri clarified.
What were the damages reported by the City Government:
I. Vandalization in the Demonstration Area:
Containers: 15 units Baskets: 35 units
II. Replacement of Public Lighting Materials:
Post CapsStreetlight GlassesMailboxes
III. Repairs Needed:
Tile Flooring Concrete Flooring Sidewalk Cords Graffiti Painting Benches and other affected elements
Total Replacement Amount for Incidents: $51,890,000.
IV. Damage to Urban Furniture:
Bus Shelters: 32 units Stop Posts Gazetteers Advertising Screens, etc.
V. Affected Sides:
Total area: 316 square meters
Cost of Restoration of Street Furniture and Sidewalks: $30,000,000.
In addition, they indicated that to repair and restore the area to condition, they are using 60 sweepers, 4 pressure washers, 4 collection trucks, 10 inspectors, and 3 special immediate action cleaning teams. The cost of this additional service is $25,000,000.
The Government will criminally denounce the protesters who caused destruction:
The Government will criminally denounce the protesters who caused disturbances this Friday in front of the National Congress, within the framework of the protests against the Omnibus Law. They also reiterated that social organizations will pay for the damages and the cost of the operation.
“Given the events that occurred today, which demonstrate clear violence and lack of respect for institutions and the democratic system, the Minister of National Security, Dr. Patricia Bullrich, has decided to file a criminal complaint,” says the statement issued moments ago by the Ministry of Security.
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“We will ask for the identification of each and every one of those who burned public property, threw stones, destroyed everything in their path, attacking police officials. In this Argentina, whoever makes them, pays for them,” they added.
Patricia Bullrich's tweet after the incidents in Congress. (Photo: X @PatoBullrich)
The minister also published a message on her social networks, where she highlighted the work of the security forces and clarified that the social and political organizations that were involved in the incidents must pay for the operation.