The governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, today urged the boys and girls to “rebel” and speak “however they want.” “From Spain they are not going to explain to us the words we use,” he said.
He did so by leading the pledge of allegiance to the flag of fourth grade students from primary schools in 15 districts of Buenos Aires. The event that took place in the Tecnópolis park was also attended by the General Director of Culture and Education, Alberto Sileoni; mayors, union representatives, directors and teachers of Buenos Aires schools.
During his speech, he pointed out that Manuel Belgrano “created the flag without orders to do so,” and that he did so “as an act of rebellion, which earned him reproaches and challenges.” “He did it despite the fact that many thought he was not suitable,” he added.
“He was rebelling against a domination, against a monarchy,” he said, and stated: “Here in the province, rebelling is also speaking as one wants, as one wants.”
“So long after the May Revolution, it will not be from Spain that they are going to explain to us the words we use,” said the president.
In the midst of the debate over inclusive language -which he did not mention-, Kicillof also referred, implicitly, to the measure of the Buenos Aires Ministry of Education to regulate this form of expression in the schools of the Federal Capital: “We do not like prohibit, we like that they can express themselves, say what they feel and be patriotic”.
The resolution of the Buenos Aires Government deepened the differences with the Nation. First, different officials came out to reject it and then President Alberto Fernández himself made his position clear, mentioning, on more than one occasion, “everyone, everyone.”