Federal justice prosecuted six people this Friday for the destruction and damage to the Congress of the Nation and the office of Cristina Kirchner on March 10, when the signing of the agreement between Argentina and the Fund was being debated in the Chamber of Deputies. International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The one who decided it was Judge María Eugenia Capuchetti, in charge of the case, who analyzed the reports that she herself had requested when she ordered evidence to identify those responsible for the damage.
The suspects were identified with “software” from the Ministry of Security that linked their faces with their personal data and addresses, the sources said.
The defendants are Jonatan Emanuel García, Gonzalo Martín Ezequiel Fonteina, Leonardo Marcelo Cáceres, Jonatan Ezequiel Pacheco, José Horacio Fernando Castillo and Julio Valdés, to whom the judge also placed embargoes to cover the sum of 6.5 million pesos, according to what appears of the court decision.
For the attack on Congress, 6 people were prosecuted. Photo Juano Tesone
“In the circumstances indicated, from 3:00 p.m. onwards, a large group of people began to throw with their hands or through the use of rubber bands blunt elements such as stones, rubble and paint bombs against the facade of the National Congress, mainly in the sector located on Entre Ríos Avenue near its intersection with Hipólito Yrigoyen Avenue in this City,” Judge Capuchetti outlined in the ruling.
He explained that “these attacks caused tumult, disorder and damage that affected public safety and caused, among other things, breaking of window panes located on the first and second floors and painted on its walls, the damage also reaching the ground floor of the building”.
And he continued: “In the same way, the paths that were in the vicinity of the Congress of the Nation were damaged to extract the stones or rubble that were later thrown both at the aforementioned site and at the police personnel who attended the scene of the events to restore public order and security,” explained the judge in the 66-page ruling that includes photos of the moments in which the defendants threw the stones or they broke the sidewalks, depending on the case.
In another ruling, the magistrate once again accepted the Senate of the Nation as the plaintiff, represented by the Director of Legal Affairs Graciana Penafortafter he presented a power of attorney to intervene on behalf of the upper house.
Incidents in Congress correspond to March 10. Photo Juano Tesone.
The attack against Congress took place on March 10, while the restructuring of the debt contracted with the IMF was being discussed in the chamber. Shortly after 3:00 p.m., a group of demonstrators began to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at the premises, which caused damage to the office of Cristina Kirchner, who was meeting with her team.
Red paintings also appeared on the window of his office, which caught the attention of the authorities. One of the suspicions is that they “marked” the office of the vice president.
Hours later, Cristina herself tweeted a video showing how her office was left, destroyed by the stones that entered through the windows. There were broken tables, decorations, fragments of windows and a lot of rubble..
The video, however, was more lapidary regarding the approval of the agreement with the IMF than the aggression itself. After Cristina, several referents of La Cámpora criticized the Casa Rosada for not denouncing the attack.
In response to that claim, the Government removed the social plan from one of those who were involved in the attack on the building. It was the Minister of Social Development, Juan Zabaleta, who was in charge of announcing the decision.
The measure was against Oscar Santillanwho was paid $33,000 a month for the Enhance Work program and who was detained on the day of the incidents.