Updated 11/27/2020 4:23 PM
Diego Armando Maradona's wake ended in the worst way, with scenes of violence in the streets and even inside the Casa Rosada, which forced the dismissal to be concluded early to prevent the incidents from becoming even more serious.
This situation generated a strong counterpoint between the national government and that of the city, which passed the buck by blaming each other on the responsibilities of the failure of the security operation and the overflow in the Plaza de Mayo.
A day after the events, the counterpoint continued.
Sabrina Frederic, Minister of National Security, directly blamed the City for the incidents and said that she spoke several times with Diego Santilli, Buenos Aires deputy chief of government, during the incidents.
Santilli a few minutes before in statements to radio
, presented his version: "
We do not organize the wake
and we work in Avenida de Mayo on July 9 and the Federal Police in Casa Rosada."
Riots in Plaza de Mayo during Diego Maradona's wake.
Photo: Germán García Adrasti.
And he added that from the City they have "the filming of the July 9 and show that the line was interrupted, the pressure of the violent on the Police, injuring 11 policemen plus a journalist. They threw stones, sticks, attacking the Police." .
On the same radio, a while before, Frederic had said that "Santilli knows perfectly well that the order to cut the queue on Avenida de Mayo did not exist because we were evaluating the way forward."
Frederic also said that
"the decision was that there should be no repression
" and that Santilli insisted "that there was going to be pressure on the Casa Rosada."
"I told him to let people settle down, it would be worse. The second time we spoke, they stopped the repression," he said.
The position of the City and Santilli is far from the version of the national government: “
We were asked to collaborate and we did it as always.
We are there to work, to put the body, put the chest, waiting, as we anticipated, a crowd that would come to Constitución.
He put his body on so that the violent ones did not advance, he took care of himself and prevented people from crowding together.
I don't understand this blaming yourself
The massive dismissal of Diego Armando Maradona.
Photo: Juan Manuel Foglia.
"We were summoned for
the wake of a legend
in Casa Rosada, we accompany us. We take responsibility for our work and neither do I send the responsibility to another," Santilli said.
The officials did agree on the exchanges they held both before and during the star's wake.
"I spoke with Sabina before and during the events, they asked us for collaboration and we gave it.
That way you can't work
. The national government organizes a wake and they asked us for work and there we are. There could be overflows," Santilli said.
Marcelo D'Alessandro, Secretary of Justice and Security of the City joined the controversy and explained in dialogue with
: “There were meetings that were held to work together, with the federal forces in coordination with the Minister of Security of the Nation, with the officials of the Nation, with the chiefs of the Police ”.
Then, the chronology before the confrontations broke out: "At 12 noon they asked us to cut the queue on Avenida de Mayo and Irigoyen, the queue reached Constitución.
We stretched the decision until 1:30 p.m., we cut off with the police and with megaphones we told him how he was going to continue and that the procession was going to happen.
Until then, the Nation's order was to cut the tail because at 4:00 p.m. the coffin had to be removed from the Casa Rosada. "
The fans jumped over the bars and go to security at the Casa Rosada to fire Diego Maradona.
Photo: Juan Manuel Foglia.
Regarding the decision to cut the queue, D'Alessandro said that the riots were generated by "a violent few" and added: "Our limit is always violence. The police have to act to separate the violent from families and good people who they wanted to fire the idol ”.
When asked by journalists about whether Frederic had given the order to cut the line, the Buenos Aires official said: “
Have no doubts
We had constant dialogue with the Nation and the police authorities with each other "
On the passing of guilt and responsibilities, D'Alessandro stated: "What I feel is that the issues are politicized, it is like
tomorrow they take out a tweet making us guilty of the COVID infections
that occurred in the ranks yesterday."
Neither a tweet, nor blaming another removes responsibilities
. We all have responsibilities to bring security to citizens and for that we work together and coordinate, improve the things that are done wrong and not seek responsibility in the other," he said .
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Sabina Frederic blamed the City for the incidents at Diego Maradona's wake