Argentine Congress begins second day of ‘omnibus law’ debate

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The debate on the ‘omnibus law’ in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies continued into its second day on Thursday. The ruling party, La Libertad Avanza, a far-right party with a minority position in Congress, was negotiating with governors and deputies to move forward with the Law of Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines, also known as the ‘omnibus law’. The session began at 12:23 (15:23 GMT) and was called to resume by the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Martin Menem, who is the nephew of former president Carlos Menem.

The original ‘omnibus law’ had 664 articles, but it was reduced considerably and conflicting parts, including the fiscal chapter, were eliminated. The session began on Wednesday and after more than eleven hours of debate, an intermission was called until the following day at noon. Outside Congress, various organizations gathered to protest against the Libertarian Executive’s adjustment policy, and incidents were recorded with federal forces deployed in the area.

The Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich, emphasized that the protesters decided to take over the street with the objective of preventing people from returning home in peace. She also mentioned the existing protocol, which includes the prohibition of invading public roads and blocking traffic, as well as the identification of people and the possibility of agents carrying firearms in the containment of marches.

During the demonstration, the Federal Police reported the arrest of a 30-year-old Chilean citizen for “attack and resistance to authority and injuries to the detriment of two agents of the Argentine Naval Prefecture.” The Radical Civic Union (UCR), one of the forces that dialogues with the ruling party to carry out the ‘omnibus law’, denounced the irregular detention of several women, who were later released.

The difficulty in getting the ‘omnibus law’ approved led to negotiations with governors and deputies to move the project forward. The ruling party, La Libertad Avanza, is a far-right party with a minority position in Congress. The original ‘omnibus law’ had 664 articles, but it was reduced considerably and conflicting parts, including the fiscal chapter, were eliminated. The session began on Wednesday and after more than eleven hours of debate, an intermission was called until the following day at noon. Outside Congress, various organizations gathered to protest against the Libertarian Executive’s adjustment policy, and incidents were recorded with federal forces deployed in the area.

The Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich, emphasized that the protesters decided to take over the street with the objective of preventing people from returning home in peace. She also mentioned the existing protocol, which includes the prohibition of invading public roads and blocking traffic, as well as the identification of people and the possibility of agents carrying firearms in the containment of marches.

During the demonstration, the Federal Police reported the arrest of a 30-year-old Chilean citizen for “attack and resistance to authority and injuries to the detriment of two agents of the Argentine Naval Prefecture.” The Radical Civic Union (UCR), one of the forces that dialogues with the ruling party to carry out the ‘omnibus law’, denounced the irregular detention of several women, who were later released.

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