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“The Mexicans came from the Indians, the Brazilians came from the jungle, but we Argentines came from the ships, and they were ships that came from there, from Europe,” the Argentine president quoted during Pedro Sánchez’s visit.

Alberto Fernndez, during the press conference with Pedro Snchez.JUAN MABROMATAAFP

Coinciding with the visit of the president of the Spanish government Pedro Snchez, the Argentine president Alberto Fernandez He affirmed this Wednesday that Mexicans come from indigenous people, Brazilians from the jungle and Argentines from Europe, statements for which he ended up apologizing.

“I am a European. I am someone who believes in Europe. Because of Europe, Octavio Paz once wrote, that the Mexicans came from the Indians, the Brazilians came from the jungle, but we Argentines came from the ships, and they were ships that came from there, from Europe. And that’s how we build our society, “said Fernandez in a meeting with Sánchez before businessmen at the Casa Rosada, seat of the presidency.

A few hours later, Fernandez he apologized on twitter: “In the first half of the 20th century, we received more than 5 million immigrants who lived with our native peoples. Our diversity is a source of pride.” “I did not want to offend anyone, in any case, who has felt offended or invisible, since now my apologies,” the president wrote on the social network.

By then, the video with the statements went viral and reactions began to emerge in Brazil. After reading Fernández’s statements, “I understand better why after the Second World War Nazi war criminals hid in Argentina,” the Brazilian senator replied on Twitter. Ciro Walnut.

A phrase from Litto Nebbia

Opposition deputy Francisco Sánchez, from the Republican Proposal party, recalled in a message that what Octavio Paz He said is that “Mexicans descend from the Aztecs, Peruvians from the Incas and Argentines from ships,” and he thinks that what Alberto Fernández expressed is “irreproducible.”

The musician Litto Fog, one of the greatest legends of Argentine rock, of whom Fernández considers himself an admirer and friend, has a song called “We came from the ships”, in which he sings the following: “The Brazilians come out of the jungle, the Mexicans come from the Indians, but we Argentines come from the ships.”

“Poor Octavio Paz. He is not to blame,” he wrote Pablo Avelluto, who was Minister of Culture of the Government of Mauricio Macri (2015-2019).


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