The president of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Stela of Carlotto, defended the Argentine ambassador in Chile, Rafael Bielsa, after the diplomatic crossovers that he unleashed by questioning Jose Antonio Kast, the presidential candidate who was voted the most in the first presidential round. He also expressed his criticism by calling the postulant of the Christian Social Front a “Nazi.”
“What Bielsa expressed is a feeling in defense of his country”, Carlotto pointed out about the ambassador’s statements, who had criticized Kast for exhibiting a“anti-argentinism“And formulate” all kinds of xenophobic expressions. “
Estela de Carlotto considered that Bielsa “is being condemned for having exceeded” his diplomatic status, for expressing himself as if he were a “party representative”, and justified what happened by stating that “outrage exceeded his condition” because Kast had “offended to our country ”.
“The things that Nazi said who has won …”, defined the head of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo on Kast’s ideas, in dialogue with The Uncover radio. And continued: “This man has said atrocities about Argentina, he called us thieves and that we stole his land. If it were to win, I can’t imagine where it will lead to Chile”.
José Antonio Kast obtained first place in the last presidential elections with 28.02% of the votes. On December 19, he will compete again in the second round: his opponent will be the candidate of the Frente Amplio of the left, Gabriel boric, who obtained 25.5% of the votes. It is the first time, since the return to democracy in 1990 in Chile, that the traditional center-left and center-right parties do not go to the ballot.
Yesterday, after the controversy generated by Bielsa’s words, the Argentine Foreign Minister, Santiago Cafiero, communicated with his Chilean counterpart Andrés Allamand, to tone down the diplomatic tension. In turn, he reiterated Argentina’s decision to “work with the government that is the winner once the electoral process is over” in Chile.
In radio statements, Bielsa compared Kast to the president of Brazil, Jair bolsonaro and the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, and described him as a Pinochetist, anti-Argentine and xenophobic. That comment provoked a reaction from the Chilean Foreign Ministry, which warned that the statements of the diplomatic envoy “represent an unacceptable intrusion”.
In Argentina, Kast maintains a political harmony with the space of the elected deputy of La Libertad Avanza, the economist Javier Milei. “Congratulations for achieving to translate into votes an overcoming proposal for Chile and that at the same time moves it away from impoverishing socialism,” the Argentine economist wrote on his Twitter account. The Chilean leader thanked him for the virtual message.
In this framework of international crosses, Estela de Carlotto did not hesitate to support Rafael Bielsa in the controversy: “I defend the ambassador, we know him, he is an excellent person. Those who say you have to remove it, first think before speaking “.
“The ballot has not yet been done. Hopefully things change, “concluded the head of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.