In a scandalous operation to try to free the government of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Juntos por el Cambio from responsibility for the murder of Facundo Molares, an initial autopsy result on his body was published in record time. He himself states that he died of “congestion, edema, pulmonary hemorrhage-dilated heart disease.” Although this is the “ultimate” cause of death, the problem is, as the national deputy Myriam Bregman put it, “what causes it.” The videos, reproduced yesterday by millions of people, are eloquent in showing the repressive advance of the Buenos Aires City police against a peaceful assembly that was located on the Obelisk square. That same repressive advance, which threw Facundo to the ground and kept him pressed against the pavement, was the cause of his death. Facundo was killed by the police.

In this same repression, they violently held several women to the ground, as can be seen in the same videos and, also, that the police reacted long after Facundo was found unconscious, to just begin resuscitation maneuvers, despite the fact that several of the protesters present shouted warning about the critical situation in which he found himself. Despite all this, Larreta had no qualms about claiming the actions of the City police. Is advancing violently on a small group and throwing women to the ground who were holding a peaceful assembly is it a good procedure for the Buenos Aires Head of Government?

The dissemination of the autopsy in different media at this time seeks to protect Larreta, continuing the media campaign that, a few minutes after the death of Facundo Molares was known, sought to rule out any responsibility of the police in the case, speaking of the “factors risk”, that he “died in a protest” or stigmatizing him as a FARC militant.

The data provided by the autopsy, which the media seek to show as evidence of the lack of police responsibility by stating that “No traumatic injuries with sharp, cutting or penetrating characteristics were observed on the body surface or on internal organs except those mentioned as injuries medical in right inguinal region”. Franco Capone, a doctor at Penna Hospital, realizes that this in no way leads to any kind of evidentiary conclusion that acquits police responsibility.

As in the Maldonado case, where the autopsy determined that Santiago “drowned” in the river, as if he had not been assassinated in full repression by the gendarmerie (whose political leader was Patricia Bullrich at the time), now the maneuver is repeated to to cover up the responsibility of the repressive forces and the City government hours before the next elections take place.

In an act of true provocation and impunity, this same Friday Judge Lleral released 4 gendarmes who were part of the repressive action against Santiago and the Mapuche community. A ruling that clearly favors Patricia Bullrich and results in a true endorsement of the events this Thursday at the obelisk, for the emboldening of the repressive forces and their violent actions against the popular sectors.

The important mobilization of repudiation that took place this Friday morning, as well as the massive rejection of the murderous police on social networks, shows that this maneuver has short legs and the fight against impunity for this murder has only just begun.

It is necessary to continue the fight and the mobilization for truth and justice for Facundo Molares and take to the streets to confront the right-wing consensus that seeks to push the agenda to the right and enable greater repression.


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