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The controversy over the law against hate continues: Mayans said that the President is “working on an initiative” but the Government denies it

The controversy over the law against hate continues to generate twists and turns in the officialdom. While Alberto Fernandez has not yet publicly set a position on the issue that was settled over the weekend, based on the impact generated by the attack against Cristina Kirchner, in the last hours different voices have been added that revealed contradictions and generated internal reproaches; and a leader close to the President and the Vice President has a project ready.

But the last chapter was written by the Formosan senator Jose Mayanshead of the Frente de Todos block and trusted by Cristina, who after meeting this Tuesday with Fernández at Casa Rosada assured that the President “is working on an initiative” and that for that he consults “with different jurists and legal professionals.”

´“(Alberto) told me that he had discussed it with the president of the block of Deputies (Germán Martínez) and the president of the Chamber (Cecilia Moreau), that a way had to be found. He will consult with different jurists and legal professionals”, Mayans said this Tuesday night, in dialogue with Radio Con Vos. It was hours later that, in the midst of the controversy and rejection from the opposition and the media, the Casa Rosada -through spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti– ensure that “there is no project being analyzed in this regard”The President’s spokeswoman sought to curb a wave of rumors that had generated a lot of noise and began over the weekend, fueled by statements from ruling party leaders.

From the head of INADI, Victoria Dondawho asked for “a legal tool that sanctions hate speech and makes it possible to stop the escalation of violence they generate”, to presidential adviser Alejandro Grimson, who went further and urged “advance in limiting hate speech to achieve democratic coexistence without violence” and specified that that should”be enshrined in a law or a set of laws“. And even spokeswoman Cerruti, before going out to clear up any doubts, had shown in favor of “giving the debate” to curb hate speech.

That’s why the Mayans revelation surprised. “’I’m going to consult this,’ he (the President) told me. I believe that a contribution must be made, that there be an agreement on the part of society on what type of society we want to build so as not to have a society that is violent. There are not many groups that are extremely violent, that’s why we have to see how we guarantee the majority that this does not happen“, indicated the leader, who since 2001 has been Governor Gildo Insfrán’s referent in the Upper House.

Mayans admitted that “we are working (on an initiative)”, but clarified “that it has nothing to do with the ‘gag law’ or anything.” And, in that line, he pointed out another section of their conversation: “Alberto told me ‘they are making figurations, which I do not intend to do'”.

consulted by Clarionfrom the senator’s entourage ratified what was said and assured that “it was part of what they spoke about because of the events that have occurred.”

The Casa Rosada insists on denying it

​”There is not and there will be no law, nor anything punitive“, Cerruti reiterated this Wednesday, before the consultation of this newspaper. “There is debate on the subject and how to approach it,” he acknowledged. And he listed that drawing “tables, talks, coexistence pact, advisory councils” is being analyzed.


Government spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti during a press conference at the Casa Rosada. Photo: Presidency

Cerruti’s decision to go out and deny any attempt to impose a law against hate like the one that Venezuela sanctioned in 2017 has the support of the President, beyond his silence on the issue.

The proposal of the dictator Nicolás Maduro during the weekend, in an interview with Radio 10, had strengthened the criticism of the opposition and the rejection of a project that until Monday, before the Clarín consultation, officials from the presidential environment had shown their “will to work” a text.

Internal and project in Deputies

In any case, the issue divided waters in the ruling party. While the national deputy, Eduardo Valdesfriend of the President and trusted by Cristina, has already drafted a project, similar to what is established by the Micaela Law on gender issues, since provides anti-hate training for officials of the three powers of the Statetranscended tensions that explain the rush to back down.

Apparently, from the official troop in Deputies they asked that the Casa Rosada detach Moreau and Martínez, the referents of the FdT, from the initiative who had visited the President. They know that the number to approve controversial laws is not there and they work, despite the public pyrotechnics, in the search for consensus with the opposition to approve the projects that the Executive needs, in particular the economic tools that Minister Sergio Massa requests.

The President met with the head of the Chamber of Deputies, Cecilia Moreau, and the president of the bloc, Germán Martínez.  Photo Presidency

The President met with the head of the Chamber of Deputies, Cecilia Moreau, and the president of the bloc, Germán Martínez. Photo Presidency

The complaint had an additional seasoning: despite what the President told Mayans, he had not discussed the issue with the deputies, who upon leaving Balcarce 50 they were misplaced with the publications of the portals that placed them in the center of the scene and for the consultations of other colleagues from the bloc and from the opposition.

There were, according to what could be reconstructed, reproaches to officials of the Casa Rosada, who intertwined accusations about the origin of the leak. “The official position is that there is not and there will be no law,” Cerruti said.

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