Everything happened in a Villa Gesell brewery as far as it went Patricia bullrich to develop a small act of electoral campaign. The pretext was to present “Guerra sin cuartel”, the book where he justifies the heavy hand applied during his tenure in the Ministry of Security of the government of Mauricio Macri. This kind of political-cultural act would have passed without pain or glory if it weren’t for the hitherto unexpected entry of a group of Buenos Aires police officers. They paraded before a small presence of Macrista supporters, lined up and saluted by bowing to the former minister. The event was later disseminated, erased and re-disseminated on the social networks of the president of the PRO who, without a doubt, tried to show some descent among the police ranks. The impact on the networks showed it. The Buenos Aires minister of security, Sergio Berni, said in statements to the IP channel that the troops had to explain what they were doing in that act and that they would study whether to impose sanctions. At the end of the day, a video of the policemen who participated in the event emerged, where they said they had been “used politically.”
Bullrich’s farce was set in a well-known Villa Gesell brewery. There he presented the book where he justifies the heavy hand, as in the case of the Chocobar policeman, in front of some twenty Macrista vacationers. According to the video that Bullrich uploaded to his social networks, in the middle of his presentation half a dozen police officers entered, five men and one woman. They walked among those present and stood before the former minister, stood firm and bowed. She responded with a smile and then offered her fist to each in greeting. Bullrich, unlike the police officers, did not wear a chinstrap. Then, the policemen always withdrew amid applause and cheers somewhat disconcerted.
From that moment on, what can be defined as the political use of the police salute began. Bullrich published the video and after a while on the networks he unpublished it, generating, in that way, a cataract of criticism from opponents of macrism but also a lot of “solidarity” from his followers.
The presence of police officers generated uncertainty because they belong to the same force that last year paralyzed Buenos Aires security by demanding salary increases and even took the protest to the residence of Governor Axel Kicillof and the Presidential House of Olivos.
The police officers who participated in the “event” are members of the Immediate Operations Tactical Unit (UTOI) and the Motorized Prevention Group (GPM), two creations of the María Eugenia Vidal government that provide service in the seaside resort. These, according to sources from the ministry led by Berni, were sent at the request of the Villa Gesell Security Secretary to prevent possible incidents in the small party act.
However, before the images of the police taking part in the act and saluting the former minister, there was some confusion among the members of the Buenos Aires government and it was even said that the troops had been displaced from their positions. Bullrich posted a tweet where he wrote: “Mess with me but #ConLosQueNosCuidanNo“and another where he asked” not to start a retaliatory campaign against police officers who salute those who held a position and show institutional respect. “
Shortly after, the Buenos Aires Minister of Security, Sergio Berni was in charge of giving the explanations. First, he said that before taking any disciplinary measure he would listen to the discharge of the officers involved: “How am I going to sanction the police officers I trained to do what they did?” Berni told the IP news channel and added, referring to the video published by Bullrich, that “the concrete thing is that trying to get political profit from a daily situation and exposing a policeman as he did, speaks ill of what composure and gestures mean in matters of security.” The ministry assures that Bullrich “he put on a show to try to hide the failure of the presentation of his book in Villa Gesell”.
For both the minister and the Buenos Aires government house, everything that happened was an operation where “they set up a scene and exposed workers. That is the PRO.”
During the rest of the day, the macrismo sought through its social networks to further stress the situation by claiming that the Kicillof government would punish those policemen. However, and also through the networks, the response to what was considered a macrista provocation came from the police who participated in the event.
It was a video where the troops appear and Sergeant López, from the Motorized Prevention Group, speaks there, who said that by superior orders they were located in front of the brewery where “Dr. Bullrich” was going to be. He said they were attentive to possible incidents and that there were even some passers-by who “shouted very strong grievances against the former minister.” It was there that he reported that a few minutes later they were beckoned from the brewery and they entered because “I thought there might be a problem inside but when we entered they began to applaud us and the cameras turned and pointed at us,” said López. At that moment, López reflects, “I am finding myself with the situation that everything was armed.” Once inside, “we greet the former minister and then we leave. We give notice to the superiority and never think what happened until now. We are an institution trained to prevent crimes and not to be used as a political tool. It is a regrettable situation” Lopez concluded.