Alberto Fernández spoke on Monday night about the situation in Cuba and the unprecedented protests on the communist island. The President considered that “these things have to be resolved by the peoples,” although he was very critical of the economic blockade to the Cuban regime.
“At the G20 I asked for the blockades in the world to end. The one who suffers it is not a government, but the people. In the midst of a pandemic, maintaining blockades is the least humanitarian thing there is“Fernandez said.
He expanded in dialogue with Radio 10: “I do not know the dimension of the problem in Cuba. I am clear that, if we are humanitarianly concerned about Cuba, let’s end the blockades and also in Venezuela. There is nothing more inhumane in a pandemic than blocking a country. “
On Sunday, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in Havana and other parts of the island to protest against the shortage, the high prices of food and power outages.
The day of protests in Cuba was one of the largest in decades against the Castro regime, which described the demonstrations as a campaign promoted on social networks by their naysayers off the island.
“As if pandemic outbreaks weren’t around the world, the cuban american mafia, paying very well, on social networks to influencers and youtubers has created a whole campaign … and has called for demonstrations throughout the country, ” said President Miguel Díaz-Canel..
Foreign Minister Felipe Solá was scheduled to receive the Cuban ambassador to Argentina, Pedro Pablo Prada, on Monday afternoon. Official sources indicated that the Cuban diplomat asked the minister for an interview to give him first-hand the version of the Cuban government about the massive protests that took place on Sunday in different cities.
In contrast, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, demanded that the “regime listen to its people.”
Alberto F: “The virus travels by plane”
Fernández also spoke of the Argentines “stranded” abroad and highlighted that the “virus travels by plane”, in reference to the concern for Delta variant of the coronavirus in the country and in America.
“I have told Argentines in a thousand ways to help me trying not to travel because the virus comes by plane. The pandemic is not over. The UK Health Minister said they were going to have to endure 100,000 infections a day from the Delta, “said Fernández.
He added: “We are working so that the Argentines can return. I do not know in which head it fits that I enjoy that people do not travel. The Americas have the largest distribution focus of the Delta variant, which has an impressive contagion quality. “
Without further clarification, Fernández said about the stranded: “We are working so that they can return. But I told the Argentines in a thousand ways to try to help without traveling.
For the President, what “must be understood is that we are in a pandemic that has taken the lives of almost 100 thousand Argentines“.
Politics and dollar blue
In the extensive interview with Rial, Fernández left some references to proper names in politics.
“I have a lot of respect for Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, we have very different views of the country, I think he also suffered because of his intern,” he said about the mayor of Buenos Aires.
And it went further. “I had Patricia Bullrich playing the pan in Olivos, I suppose Larreta must have suffered from it.”
And then he addressed the economic agenda. “We have a clear problem with inflation that we are trying to control. The meat had a totally unjustified increase“, Held.
Although he warned that “because in Argentina there is an oligopoly that controls the food industry, it is very difficult to control” price increases.
From there he approached the situation of the dollar and its stocks. “We are careful that no rogue generates anxiety; with someone who buy 300 thousand dollars can go up eight pesos … There are people who speculate and wants to hurt the government“, He pointed without specifying.
However, he cleared up rumors about Martín Guzman. “There is no intern with the Minister of Economy and, personally, I am grateful for his effort,” said Fernández.
Copa América, celebration and AFA
On the other hand, Alberto Fernández congratulated the Argentine National Team for obtaining the Copa América and assured that they invited him to the AFA premises in Ezeiza for the festivities, but that it was he refused the treat to “take care of the protocols”.
“They proposed to go to Ezeiza. He immediately said no, that it was not opportune. You had to take care of protocols, “said the President.
In this way, opposed the version that circulated. Those rumors indicated that he had wanted to go to the AFA training ground, but that the players had discarded him to quickly meet their families.
“Later I transmitted to those who invited me that the actors in this were really the players and the coaching staff. I am willing to pay tribute to them, they made us live a unique moment. But I have never I use those things to do politics“, asserted Fernández, in Radius 10.
Then he dedicated a few words to DT Lionel Scaloni. “As a coach he did a wonderful job. He gave us a enormous joy in a difficult moment for the Argentines“.
Consulted by the AFA and its owner Claudio “Chino” Tapia, the President was blunt. “The AFA is not a government problem, it is a soccer problem” “The Government has nothing to do in the AFA. I don’t know Tapia. “
Alberto Fernández was interviewed by Jorge Rial at the beginning of the second week of “Argenzuela”, the Radio 10 program with which the host returned to the dial. The president appeared minutes after his participation in the launching of the Conectar Igualdad Ushuaia Program.
At the Bicentennial Museum, the President was accompanied by Wado de Pedro, Minister of the Interior, and Luana Volnovich, head of PAMI. There he spoke about the coronavirus pandemic and highlighted the progress in the vaccination plan.
In the official act, an agreement was also signed between the municipality of the Fuegian capital and the Newsan company for the construction of the first residence for the elderly.
“Last week we were the country in the world that vaccinated the most,” Fernández remarked.
According to the official vaccination monitoring between this Sunday and last, 2,438,022 vaccines (more than 1.8 million first doses and more than 618 thousand of the second component).
According to the survey carried out by the Our World in Data site, in the last week Argentina applied 0.77 vaccines per 100 people.
Countries such as Japan, Norway, France, Uruguay, Belgium, Italy, Ecuador, Denmark, Spain, Canada and Sweden, however, applied vaccines with a ratio between 0.78 and 1.3 vaccines per 100 persons-. Some even did it with higher records proportional to their population and also in absolute numbers.
“When we called to stay at home and avoid circulation, our concern was to take care of the elderly. Many did not think like us and they spoke of ‘restriction of freedoms’… No, I’m taking care of the other one! And the best freedom I can have is a freedom that does not harm the other, “added the President.
And he also criticized the government of Mauricio Macri when referring to the Conectar Igualdad Ushuaia Program: “This plan that Cristina (Kirchner) developed at the time in a wonderful way, later it was stopped to make it forget that Cristina gave computers “.