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BAUEN, day 92

Expropriation against the clock

It is an enduring paradox that a project driven by, worked on, and wished for by the workers for almost ten years would be approved in a race against time. The result the Presidential elections in 2015 was the starting gun for this last opportunity to try to approve expropriation before the rise of a political movement that was openly hostile, that had already ended expropriation in the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires, and that had obvious political and perhaps economic relationships with the Iurcoviches, could block it decisively.

The cooperative workers insisted, as they had for years in their visits to the Congress, on trying to get a vote the bill before the change in the composition of the legislature. This time, there was a remarkable result. To get a bill to be voted on,a single, united text was created from the proposals presented at various times by deputies from different blocs, based on the bill presented by Deputies Carlos Heller and Juan Carlos Junio of the PSOL. The final bill had contributions from them, and also from Victoria Donda, Adriana Puiggrós, Héctor Recalde and Andrés Larroque, the authors of the other versions.

This unified bill was part of a bundle of 90 laws that were put to a vote in the last session before the Presidential change. The mainstream media and the partisans of the incoming government tried to prevent quorum, arguing that laws should not be voted on until the new Congress was seated, after December 10th. A ferocious campaign was unleashed in the media and on social networks. Among the laws being questioned was that of the BAUEN.


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