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The other day I watched a video of a security camera on a street. I imagine, from the landscape, it must be from the Buenos Aires conurban area. But it could well be from anywhere else. A young man on a moped kicks a traffic surveillance camera. Fuck it. Maybe I broke it. And run away, victorious, of course. We didn't understand anything. Nothing at all.
Inside the boys go hunting. And when there's nothing to aim at, they fill the road signs with holes.
How many mayors , councilors and commissars believe they have the power to stand above the law ? I have an acquaintance who, in one of those weird road traffic jams, had no better idea than to be sent by the banquina. Well, yeah, he had another better one. Summon that he was carrying the roast for the commissioner in the trunk, when the walker stopped him. Daring man. But he lied so safely, that, coupled with the fear of possibility, they let it pass.
You can't live in a country disobeying the law. We think so. That's nothing wrong. Well, I know that, for example, we're the 8th country with the most deaths in traffic accidents around the world. It's about 7,000 dead a year. And I don't want to think about how many are maimed or paralyzed for life. There's no data on them.
When we don't respect the law, things happen. In Buenos Aires we are fed up with demonstrations, for example. Luckily, inside, these things don't happen. Boys sometimes, they get violent. Stones to the police, etc. Now, the police are responding with the same tenor of aggression, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is already going out to say “gansas”. The cops aren't human?
It's just an example. It is the beginning of the corru tion of things. Then we ended up with judges who say that if it is with the light off, it is not rape (literal; Zaffaroni said). Or with prisoners who earn a salary for being imprisoned, doing nothing. People who charge plans for life. Disability pensions granted to persons who are not invalid.
Not to mention corrupt people stealing from public space . Or trade unions who are elected 50 years in a row. Billionaires who claim to defend workers' rights...
You can't live without respecting the law. The worst thing is not those who are outside the law. The worst thing is us, who think that's creole vividness. And not only do we endorse it, but we praise her. We're 3,000 years behind. We're not extinct by chance.
How can we pretend to be equal before the law, when something happens to us? Where do we ask for Justice, when is something happening to us? If we don't ever defend her. Sure: when it's up to us, we remember. We protest. We went out into the street. And what changes? Nothing.
Because it is encyst in society; we allow us to live without Justice. And as long as we don't understand, understand, apprehend, nothing is going to change. It's the first step. Indispensable to improve. That's the bad news. Good ones, I owe you.
Publication Date: 05/11/2019
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