“Political spats put the lives of citizens in danger”
Where I live, some residents took up arms to defend themselves. My local baker, whose shop is 50 metres from my building, spent the night watching over his bakery, with a gun in hand. Meanwhile, a local supermarket was completely looted. Though things are calm again now, people are still scared. There are very few people on the streets [as of Wednesday afternoon].Residents of San Vincente defending their houses with shotguns. Photo published on Twitter.According to our constitution, neither the police nor the military are allowed to go on strike. The local police’s strike was completely illegal. The governor, José Manuel De La Sota, asked for police officers from Buenos Aires to come to Córdoba. But the government was very slow to react. José Manuel De La Sota wants to run for president in 2015. Therefore he’s an opponent to our current president, Cristina Kichner. She clearly stalled as these incidents are bad publicity for our governor. [The government did end up agreeing to send police from Buenos Aires to Córdoba, but the local police ended their strike before this could happen]. These political spats put the lives of citizens in danger. That’s just unacceptable.
“It didn’t look like Argentina – it looked like a country at war”
I live in a business district, where there are lots of stores, restaurants, and a university. The looting was particularly intense here. I watched it from my apartment, which is on the 13th floor of my building. Thieves were going around on foot and on motorbikes. They shattered store windows with stones to get in. Some of them went into residential buildings to loot apartments. I wasn’t able to sleep a wink because I could hear gunshots, explosions, and the non-stop sound of ambulance sirens. It didn’t look like Argentina – it looked like a country at war. This was a real disaster.