The Buenos Aires justice will investigate the pre-candidate for legislator for alleged promotion of discrimination
After the public commotion generated by his statements, a judicial presentation was formalized against Franco Rinaldi, the pre-candidate for Buenos Aires legislator who will compete in the primary elections of Together for Change, on the list that he heads, in turn, as a pre-candidate for head of Buenos Aires government, Jorge Macri.
Rinaldi had been exposed as a result of a succession of images and statements that became current on social networks after his candidacy was made official. They are part of different moments in which the leader manifests aggressive expressions against minorities, denoting homophobia and xenophobia.
As a result of the controversy that has spread in recent days, this Monday, July 10, it was learned that the Buenos Aires justice will initiate an investigation to determine if Rinaldi committed the crime classified as promoting acts of discrimination. The legal framework conforms to article 3 of national law 23,592, which reads: “Those who participate in an organization or carry out propaganda based on ideas or theories of superiority of a race or a group will be punished with imprisonment from one month to three years.” group of people of a certain religion, ethnic origin or color, whose object is the justification or promotion of racial or religious discrimination in any form”.
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The investigation fell to PCyF Prosecutor No. 13, in charge of Andrea Scanga, as Infobae learned. The complaint entered on this day, giving rise to the file DEN01054018, within the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
Rinaldi’s candidacy was questioned after the viralization of the images in which the candidate manifested verbal attacks against different minorities.
In his response, Rinaldi had initially stated that the compilation of images were taken out of context and that they should be understood within the framework of “artistic expression”, since they were, according to the protagonist, a kind of stand-up presentation, for their audiences on virtual platforms.
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Faced with the onslaught of those who began to object to his application for moral reasons, Rinaldi defended himself, apologized, and is still trying to persist in his intention to compete in the Primary, Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory (PASO) on August 13. At the top of the list of pre-candidates for deputies for the City of Buenos Aires, his place on a bench is practically assured, so his political future will find him as a legislator.
His political adversaries within the opposition force, led by Martín Lousteau, Jorge Macri’s rival in the internal of the City of Buenos Aires, insist that Rinaldi crossed a limit, and demand his exclusion from the electoral competition.
Indeed, the president of the Radical Civic Union of CABA, Mariela Coletta, had made a formal presentation in the electoral court challenging Rinaldi’s candidacy for his racist and xenophobic expressions.
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“In the event that the resignation is not presented, we proceed to exclude him from the “Vayamos por Más” list, for not representing the values of those of us who make up Together for Change and that are embodied in our electoral platform,” said Coletta. in the brief before the Buenos Aires electoral judges.
Martín Lousteau, meanwhile, joined the request through his social networks. “We want candidates who reflect the values of Together for Change; there is no place for those who discriminate ”, he reflected regarding the situation.
Rinaldi, meanwhile, in the last hours, insisted on his rectification: “the first and main thing is that I am sorry for some things I said and I sincerely apologize,” he said, and warned that “the decision to challenge my candidacy is exaggerated and opportunistic.”
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