Armed citizens on the roofs of local houses in different parts of the country show an image the government of Cristina Kirchner seems to appreciate: marginalization, corruption, lack of rule and drug trafficking are a breeding ground that can lead to the articulation of armed self-defense bands, Colombia’s best style. The unfortunate situation occurs when amid looting in Tucuman (province allied with the national government) Cristina Kirchner mocks fronted an act of celebration for the 30th anniversary of the return of democracy to the country.
Armed Citizens against looting in the province of Buenos Aires
The advancement of drug trafficking, marginalization, crime and insecurity prevailing operations coupled with leftist guerrillas ended up generating a suitable picture for the flourishing of the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, the AUC, in the Caribbean country in the mid 90s. These groups spread across several regions of Colombia with the participation of wealthy landowners, settlers and small industries. In the nineties, various paramilitary groups formed of a larger entity, national influence, called the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The rise to power of these groups was primarily related to the timid action of the Colombian state to stop the forces of leftist guerrillas of the FARC and the ELN, from the jungles to the south harassed landowners, industrialists and traders. In 1982 the Colombian government developed the strategy of Low Intensity Conflict but not efficacy, which became a sort of lack of state presence in the conflict. That corrupt police freed the guerrilla zones and then worked for the paramilitaries were added. But that picture, though far from living the Argentina, has some similarities to the current situation in our country. On the one hand, is conspicuously absent in the problem state. The state not to respond to it in back wages security forces, only guarantors of poor security of citizens in the country, is in itself a picture of the conflict. That the Chief of Staff “Coqui” Capitanich refused aid opposition governor of the province of Córdoba, José Manuel de la Sota, was a symptom of this situation, then left as backfired when police from other provinces viewed wage settlement of Cordoba and wanted to get similar wages. That reaction, based on a first error of the national government (refused to send help just because Cordoba is opposition) actually was predictable even though I kicked Kirchner and seek to find a conspiracy against him, as is done by the book classic populism. However, it is not wise to be too naive and it is not unreasonable to think that some rogue elements in the security forces are spurring the wage problem that leads to looting following their own agenda. But this last premise is far from explaining the whole situation. In addition to police corruption is in the culture broth of the AUC 2013 the actions of the narcos bands in the country. In a battle between narcos Rosario bands waged for several years, throughout the north the absence of state controls (eg, radars do not work) allow the passage of huge drug shipments by air, land and waterway; narcopolicía cases of Cordoba (and again conflict with the national government muddying the waters) did not help the situation. The amount of drugs on the streets, you know, not only dent the public health, but increases crime and a series of crimes that arise from the practice of drug trafficking. That same criminal practice deteriorating social fabric and allows the flourishing sectors of the population that allowed the “anything goes” looting before the first police absence. In turn, this creates a resistance movement following the same rules and take up arms to protect their interests. Here’s how it started developing a breeding ground for images now coming from Tucumán: citizens choose to take up arms to generate self-defense against insecurity. Because they are not only looting, but also the risk of being assaulted in a violent robbery or die to get caught in a shootout between gangs, what motivates citizens. It seems that the Colombian model is coming by little to Argentina Kirchner, with an exhausted model that is already starting to show its more tragic facet of deterioration.