07/29/2021 11:53 AM
Updated 07/29/2021 2:23 PM
In the midst of the official visit of President Alberto Fernández to Peru for the inauguration of Pedro Castillo and the announcement of the new president of a
military service for young people who neither study nor work
, the head of the PRO, Patricia Bullrich, complained to the head of the Argentine state that makes the same criticisms that were made of her when she proposed "voluntary service."
"That Alberto Fernández tell Pedro Castillo
the same things they told me when he asked for voluntary service
," Bullrich said in an interview with radio
The former Minister of Security during the government of Mauricio Macri pointed out that she proposed "the Voluntary Civic Service in Values with the Gendarmerie" and that the objective, if they were reelected, "was for the 800 thousand young people, who are now surely more
than they neither studied nor worked
"Not direct military service, but voluntary military service in values as we had proposed it, yes, because it is the way to give young people a chance to have the
basic elements to return to work
. Get up on time, learn a trade, have a discipline, "he insisted.
We launched the Voluntary Civic Service to train young people in democratic values, personal commitment and responsible habits.
Kirchnerism criticized us.
The president of Peru imposes military service and, do they congratulate him and did they fight us?
- Patricia Bullrich (@PatoBullrich) July 29, 2021
announced Voluntary Civic Service in July 2019
The pilot test was for 1,200 young people.
In these free courses, physical training was given to young people between 16 and 20 years old, as well as courses for them to learn trades, know how to operate drones and have contact with animals and software and robotics technologies.
"We are going to search for young people who are neither studying nor working today, so that they can resume their studies and be trained in not only traditional trades, but also in others such as robotics, video game software or any way out that allows them to be inserted in the world of work, ”Bullrich said when he announced the program two years ago.
The project was harshly questioned by Kirchnerism and a good part of the opposition, as well as representatives of human rights organizations.
Patricia Bullrich, then Minister of Security, during the presentation of the Voluntary Civic Service in Campo de Mayo.
Photo: Luciano Thieberger.
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, a human rights reference and Nobel Peace Prize winner, considered that it would be "a disguised colimba", and redoubled the bet by stating that "democracy" was "in crisis with the Macri government."
However, the then presidential candidate Alberto Fernández said that projects of this type were "emergency exits."
"I do not know how much they can perform or not. The concern we have to have is that these kids have a job. Not that they have a social assistance service for a while," he said in an interview with C5N.
Patricia Bullrich at the presentation of the Voluntary Civic Service, in 2019. Photo: Luciano Thieberger.
Castillo announced the controversial measure during his first speech in front of the Executive: "Young people who neither study nor work will
have to go to military service
Minutes before he had thrown another ad of similar harshness.
"Foreign criminals will have a 72-hour term from the date to leave the country," Castillo assured in Congress, after his inauguration.
Pedro Castillo upon assuming as President of Peru.
"We know that citizen security is one of the problems most felt by the population" and "
the National Police is the pillar on which public activity fights against this evil
, but that is not enough," Castillo said.
And he specified: "We believe that we must expand the system of the rondas (self-defense), which is nothing other than the organized population to provide security for the entire population."
Castillo also indicated that he intends to "summon the entire population to form them where these (the rounds) do not exist and include them in the National Citizen Security System", with "a budget to provide them with the necessary logistics."
His most important announcement was the project to reform the Constitution of Peru, drawn up in 1993 during the term of Alberto Fujimori.
"One of our main political flags, now converted into a flag of the majority of the people, is the convocation of a constituent assembly, which endows our country with a new Magna Carta that allows us to change the face of our economic and social reality", Castillo said.
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