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Latin Adventure’s Travel Diary

Friday, 08 Sep 2006

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

MapIn a vein attempt to keep my sanity whilst at work, I have embarked on a new project - Nestor Kirchner - The Muscial. For those not plugged into South American politics, Kircher is El Presidente of Argentina! The next national elections are due to be held next year and this little ditty is a victory song to the mucic of Rice and Webber's "Dont Cry for me Argentina.


Every damn day in this city there is some sort of demonstration or "Manifestacion." At first these were quite interesting and would find myself stopping and watching them. Now, as anyone who lives in BsAs will tell you, they are a pain in the arse and generally quite pointless. What usually happens is that a bunch of poor people get dragged into the centre from the villa or provinceS and made to stand there or bang drums. This service is in exchange for their government benefits. So, in a nut shell - if I am right - the government ends up paying people to demonstate against them or for them, as was the case with El Presidente not so long ago. He filled a 6000 person venue with his supporters one and a half years before the election is due. God helps us in 2007! I remember one occasion when they were demonstrating to legalize an illegal lottery. The lottery owner would sell tickets to his lottery and use the numbers from the national lottery. The government tried to ban the illegal lottery, so they spent a day protesting in the centre. I am pushing for the legalzation of Armed Robbery, may be I will start something big.

These professional protestors are called Piqueteros and they are very vocal supporters of Kirchner and the basis of the song.

Donít Cry For Me Piqueteros

It won't be easy, you'll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
That I still need your cash after all that I've done
You won't believe me
All you will see is a man you once knew
Although he's dressed up to the nines
With cars and a helicopter or two.

I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn't stay all my life down at Santa Cruz
Soon they would realize that I had misplaced all of their funds
So I chose Peronism
Running around, promising everything new
But nothing helped me at all
Especially my association with you

Don't cry for me Piqueteros
The truth is I never liked you
All through the crisis
And the resistance
You kept protesting
I kept my distance

And as for elections, and as for votes
I never pretended its fair
Though it seemed to the world that I won legitimately.
They are illusions
And Iím not the solution I promised to be
The answer was here all the time
Vote for Christina not me

Don't cry for me Piqueteros
The truth is I never liked you
All through the crisis
And the resistance
You kept protesting
I kept my distance

Have I said too much?
There's nothing more I can think of to say to you
But all you have to do is look at me
To know that every word is true
Don't cry for me Piqueteros