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Political groups and social organizations have marched, since midday, through the center of Buenos Aires in the direction of the Palace of Courts to demand the freedom of the Jujuy leader Milagro Sala, five years after his arrest.
Under the slogan “Milagro Sala, 5 years political prisoner”, the march started at 12 o’clock from Alsina Street and 9 de Julio Avenue to end in front of the Highest Court of Justice building, in Talcahuano and Tucumán.
Around 1:00 p.m., the demonstrators had taken over the vicinity of the Obelisco, on 9 de Julio and Corrientes avenues, generating a vehicular chaos in that nerve center of the city. The irruption of the traffic took place, hand to the south, towards Constitución; but the Metrobus worked normally.
Milagro Sala is detained at her home and she and various Kirchner leaders consider her a political prisoner. “We are still in prison, those who govern us have to change their heads,” he had said last August. “I consider myself a political prisoner. First from Gerardo Morales (governor of Jujuy), after (Mauricio) Macri and now from democracy ”, he added. To the president Alberto Fernandez It bothers him that they talk to him about “political prisoners” in Argentina and points out that what took place during the macrismo were “arbitrary arrests”.
One of the conveners was the referent of La Cámpora and Buenos Aires Minister of Development Andrés “Cuervo” Larroque, who tweeted the call saying: “The Court that the court.”
Despite the claim of the ultrakirchnerist sector, President Alberto Fernández had already ruled out the possibility of a pardon to Milagro Sala and the other K prisoners in the month of June. “If they want to pardon the defendants, that is an amnesty and it depends on the Congress”, he pointed.
And he explained: “The pardon for me is a monarchical hindrance that was left in the Constitution. It was a right that the kings had to forgive whoever had been convicted and in those terms it was transferred to the Constitution, which imposes some limitations. The President can pardon those who have been convicted, therefore he does not erase the conviction. If they want to pardon people who are on trial, there is no such institute, that is an amnesty and it depends on Congress, it does not depend on me. For there to be a pardon, there must be someone convicted ”.
Precisely, In the Supreme Court there are resources for the defense of the convicted leader in search of reversing her judicial situation. His defense claims that the Court will accept the complaint filed by Milagro Sala’s lawyers, annul the trial against him known as “villeros pibes” and order his immediate release.
Sala was arrested in 2016 for a camp in front of the headquarters of the Jujuy government led by radical Gerardo Morales. Among the sentences he received is one to three years in prison suspended for leading an escrache against Morales in 2009, when the current provincial president was a senator. It was also sentenced to 13 years in prison for defrauding the state, illicit association and extortion in the case called “Pibes Villeros”. In this file, the diversion of state funds for more than 60 million pesos, charged by cooperatives to build social housing that were never built, between 2011 and 2015.
In 2018 The Supreme Court determined that the leader would once again serve house arrest by ordering Jujuy judge Pablo Pullen Llermanos to return the benefit to the leader, as requested in 2017 by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).
This Wednesday, a group of more than 1,600 political, judicial, union and popular movement referents released a letter of support to the Jujuy leader and who they call “political prisoners” of the Tupac Amaru group. Among the signatories appear Jorge Ferraresi (Minister of Territorial Development and Habitat of the National Government), Dora Barrancos (presidential advisor), Julio Alak (Minister of Justice and Human Rights of the Province of Buenos Aires), Cristina Caamaño (Comptroller of the Federal Intelligence Agency), Horacio Pietragalla (Secretary of Human Rights of the Nation), Adriana Puiggrós (presidential advisor), Mayra mendoza (Mayor of Quilmes), Paula Spanish (Secretary of Internal Trade), the national senators Nancy gonzalez and Beatriz Mirkin, the national deputies for the Frente de Todos, Eduardo Valdés, Mónica Macha, Lucía Corpacci, Paula Penacca and the social leader Juan Grabois (Frente Patria Grande), among others.
“Milagro Sala is imprisoned in Jujuy for being a political leader who faced power. She is imprisoned for being a woman, black and a fighter “, ensures the text and then describes the judicial process and concludes: “From our deepest commitment to the Republic and the rule of law, we demand the due constitutional guarantees that all criminal proceedings require, and we affirm our vocation to promote and realize a society with full and effective access to economic, social, cultural and environmental rights ”.
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