The President and Vice President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez and the Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, have expressed their solidarity and support for the Minister of Equality, Irene Monteroafter being a victim of political violence by the Spanish ultra-right.
Fernández de Kirchner was the first to show her support for Montero, with whom she met in the first days of November -during the minister’s visit to Argentina-, following the video in which the official is seen defending herself against macho attacks and say “enough political violence“.
The recording, which the Spanish minister uploaded to her social networks and which the vice president later retweeted, contains part of the speech that Montero gave before the Congress of Deputies, after having been the target of harsh criticism from Vox leaders who pointed out without objections to his personal life.
The answer has as a background the debate on the Law of ‘only yes is yes’.
“So that it can be known that feminists and democrats are going to stop this band of fascists with more rights”
“I want to request that the political violence that is being exercised at this moment in the seat of popular sovereignty be incorporated into the Journal of Sessions so that it is not erased. So that none comes after me. So that everyone can remember political violence and those who exercise it. So that it can be known that we feminists and democrats are more and we are going to stop this band of fascists with more rights,” Montero said, before a room that applauded her standing.
The words of the minister took place in the session this Wednesday, in which the Budgets of the Ministry of Equality. Montero’s words are the response to some representatives of Vox, including Carla Toscanowho affirmed that the only merit that can be attributed to him is “having studied in depth” Pablo Iglesiashis partner and founder of Unidas Podemos.
After the video was broadcast, President Alberto Fernández also sent a message to the Spanish leader. “Political and sexist violence against women it is intolerable, and we must strongly repudiate it every time it happens. All our solidarity with Minister Irene Montero, victim today of cruel attacks,” she wrote on her Twitter account.
violent extreme right
For the far right anything goes even insults and he made it clear this Wednesday when he stated that the “sole merit” of the Minister of Equality has been “studying Pablo Iglesias in depth.”
This reference to the personal relationship of the minister with the former vice president of the central government provoked a reaction from the groups of PSOE, Unidas Podemos, ERC, Bildu and the CUP, since words such as “shame, shame”, “it is not no” and “it’s not worth everything”.
Along the same lines, the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, affirmed that “it is intolerable that macho insults and attacks are uttered” to Montero in Congress, to add that “not everything is valid in politics” and that Spain is “better than the party of hate.”
Montero in Argentina
During the first days of November, the Minister of Equality visited Argentina, within the framework of the XV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In those days, he met with President Alberto Fernández and Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
“Argentina is a country that has a lot to teach Spain in terms of memory”
Likewise, he visited the former ESMA and stressed that Argentina “is a country that has a lot to teach Spain in terms of memory, it is an example”, because its people have decided “do not forgetcondemn state terrorism, forced disappearances, the loss of many militants for democracy and freedom in a strategy planned by the state”.
In that same sense, he added: “I believe that the Spanish right has a lot to learn from the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo and the capacity for memory and respect for the human rights of the Argentine people and its ability to build truth, justice, repetition and non-repetition“.