The documentary we want to do
On December 10, 2015 Mauricio Macri became the new president of Argentina, dancing and karaoke singing from the historic balcony where Perón and Evita once stood. In his inaugural speech he stated: “I would like to confirm once again that attention will be paid to everybody. The state will be there, where necessary, for every Argentinian citizen, especially for those who have less (….) New times are approaching: time for dialogue, for respect and for team work, times of construction with more social justice.”
One month later, on January 16, 2016, Milagro Sala, a member of parliament from Parlasur and leader of the social organization Tupac Amaru, was arrested under the accusation of “instigation to commit crimes” for having conducted a peaceful protest. The order came from the governor of the province of Jujuy, a political ally of Macri. Other accusations followed. To the present day, arrests of 11 other members of the social organization have followed.
In a manner similar to what we have seen in other countries, judicial power has been manipulated and abused in order to criminalize protests and neutralize social organizations and movements which are the very core of the representation of the social base.
All over the world representatives of human rights, political, social and cultural organizations have expressed their support for the immediate release of Milagro Sala and the other detainees.
On October 28, 2016 the United Nations (UN)’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention decided that “the detention of Mrs. Milagro Sala is arbitrary” and called upon the Argentinian government for her immediate release. The international body established that there have been a series of “consecutive accusations” and the putting in motion of judicial procedures to support her unlimited detention, indicating that in her case the independence of the judiciary was weakened. (Look at the complete Rapport of U.N.)
Accompanied by personalities from the cultural world as well as the national and international civil society, we will travel to the province of Jujuy to visit Milagro Sala and the other 11 political detainees. What happened to Tupac Amaru’s great work? We believe it is essential to give visibility to these events.
In this climate of ferocity towards Tupac Amaru there have been many threats and violence against Milagro Sala’s lawyers, against parliamentarians of the province and against people close to the organization (burnt cars, burglaries, armed intimidation and destruction of Tupac Amaru property). There have been formal pressures from institutions and threats made by criminal gangs. A journalistic enquiry has revealed illegal acts of espionage against Tupac Amaru by the secret services. For further information please refer to the report prepared by several human rights organizations. This is also the reason why we need your support.
Among Tupac Amaru’s many works there is also “The Cantri”, the symbol for a people’s dignity.
Within a ten minutes’ drive from the capital of Jujuy, Tupac Amaru built a town: “Welcome to the Cantri Tupac Amaru” reads the sign at the entry. It is amazing to see the 6.000 houses, all equal, and on the water tanks the faces of Tupac Amaru, Che Guevara and Eva Perón. There is a health care centre, a centre of rehabilitation for the disabled, a school, several factories (textile, construction, metal), a cultural centre, a theme park, a recreational park with a swimming pool and a copy of the temple of Kalsasaya. But what remains of all of this today?
We need your help in order to tell their story and to show it to the world. This is why we have launched this crowdfunding campaign for those who would like to support this cause. You can participate with a donation, organise a collection of funds from others, or simply help by circulating this initiative.
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Special thanks to Evelyn Rottengatter!