Manuela Castañeira arrives smiling at the youth club of the New MAS In the San Telmo neighborhood, she takes out her green scarf, symbol of the fight for abortion rights, and becomes an “anti-capitalist” candidate against the “political masks.”
“Anti-capitalism can be a way out of the concrete problems of Argentina, like asking a minimum wage of 100,000 pesos and affect the profits of the groups concentrated in Argentina that are getting richer “, begins in dialogue with Clarion. Today, the minimum wage barely exceeds 28 thousand pesos.
The socialist leader and the feminist collective Las Rojas demands “to renew the left” and Argentine politics in general. At only 36 years old, she gave the note in the last election for being the only woman among the presidential options for the PASO 2019.
Is now candidate for deputy for the Province of Buenos Aires and once again it will seek to pass the 1.5% floor set by the Simultaneous and Compulsory Open Primaries, which it defines as an “anti-democratic” instance.
“The renewal of the left is important to make it an alternative in Argentina. They look at us and see the influence and growth of the left in the struggles, but there are also many new discussions in the 21st century, “he says.
Manuela Castañeira heads the list of candidates for deputies for the Province of the New MAS. Photo Lucia Merle.
While listing the emergence of a “new working class, the environmental movement, the movement of women and LGBT people, which opens up new challenges and discussions.”
“I want to renew traditional politics on the one hand, of the marketer politicians, masks, who rinse their smile for a photo in the new campaign but have been in a thousand positions and have been in politics for decades, living from politics and governing for the same old men, “he says.
Castañeira speaks of a “rejection” of that ruling class – a fact that is not consistent with the electoral results – and assures that there must be a renewal from people who come from outside the traditional structures and that those voices be incorporated into Congress.
In that sense, it also aims its darts at the Frente de Izquierda Unidad (FITU), which in the Province leads to Nicolas del Caño as head of the list, whom he criticized for “little differentiation from the traditional parties.”
“You have to sit down and discuss how we are alternative. I see that they (the representatives of the FITU) do not contribute. That is why I proposed to Del Caño a debate for unity and for how we build an alternative and he refused to discuss it, “he emphasizes. Because of this lack of agreement and, as in previous elections, the left will be divided into several pieces.
Manuela Castañeira in front of the police shields during a protest.
Before the closing of lists and in the midst of the heated debate for the unity of the left, Castañeira proposed to the former deputy and leader of the PTS to discuss “in the face of the entire electorate and supporters of the left.” Something that did not materialize.
Now, he insists on the need to discuss ideas for voters who have an expectation on the left. “What date and time Del Caño and I’ll go”, challenge.
Finally, he insists that the challenge is to overcome the PASO floor and be in the general elections to carry out his proposals for “social transformations” and a program to favor the “working class.” And he speaks of the “B side” of Argentina, which both the Government and the opposition are silent, and which reflects a worrying growth in inequality.
For it insists on the need to set a minimum wage of 100,000 pesos, accompanied by laws to move to a permanent plant, prohibition of layoffs and labor flexibility, and increase withholdings for agriculture, among others.
And he sums up in a few words, -almost- paraphrasing Eva Perón: “The anti-capitalists where we see a need, we think a right and we solve it by affecting the profits of the concentrated sectors of the economy. “