El Salvador is rapidly approaching the authoritarianism that Nicaragua is experiencing, human rights defender warns

Celia Medrano warns that the Nicaraguan regime took twenty years to forge, while the Salvadoran regime has only been two years old and shows a rapid pace.

Celia Medrano, a renowned human rights defender, is not optimistic: she sees a democratic debacle and a government that becomes increasingly aggressive against those who question it. In a conversation with El Diario de Hoy, he expressed his concern about the growing attacks on independent journalism, the opposition, and drew a discouraging simile between El Salvador and the crisis in Nicaragua.

Vice President Félix Ulloa said that if the government won a parliamentary majority, it would be less aggressive. Do you think this has happened?
In my opinion, the power groups that control the Executive Branch have not ceased to be confrontational, in fact they have escalated the level of confrontation, because now they have the power for that confrontation and attacks on any critical sector classified by them as opponent have legal retaliation. So they have not only maintained hate speech, confrontational speech, but have escalated it into legal action or acted on what would be called a legalistic foundation of things.

Like what?
I see it in the expulsion of the editor of El Faro. The answer has been that he did not have a work permit and was working on a tourist visa, a legalistic argument for one more clear retaliation against El Faro and not even with the sufficient legal structure. Because if he was already processing his permit, what corresponded was a call and a fine. Not your removal, not your deportation.

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Do you see it also in the supposed anti-corruption fight of the government?
With this there is a practice of escalating retaliation, hate speech and to legal levels, such as the commission that investigates NGOs who have received money from the Legislative Assembly. Not all of them would necessarily be facing a situation of corruption. However, it is necessary to wonder if the NGO linked to the deputy (Guillermo) Gallegos would be investigated, because it also responds to the previous efforts.

Guillermo Gallegos has been singled out for various acts of corruption.
Photo EDH / Jessica Orellana

Do you think that this will institutionalize the closure of critical spaces?
Nicaragua is a very good example of how far such legislation can scale. What was previously only an official speech issued from the Executive Power, now is aggravated because they have control of the Legislative, the Judicial and that they have their own prosecutor.

Do you see a commitment from this government to human rights?
The proposed Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders was one of the almost 100 proposed laws that were filed. It will depend on the mobilization of the organizations of human rights defenders to return the issue to the table, as has happened with the proposal, with the issue of the human right to water. At least that the subject returns, that the Assembly has the urgency to approach the subject again. At the hearing generated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights two weeks ago, the State was not present. It is the first time in decades that there is no government representation.

They argued that because there was disproportionality, there was a large presence of non-governmental organizations. It remained practically unnoticed by the national opinion in the country that the Government in decades, for the first time and in the way of Venezuela, in the way of Nicaragua, does not attend a convocation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. This is serious and that reflects their level of political will with regard to human rights.

Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador. / Photo EDH Yessica Hompanera

In what sense?
For me, the current government has a biased application of what it understands as people’s rights: it depends on who the violator is and it depends on who is the person to whom the will or the right is given. Thus, the issue of universality, of complementarity, of the right to non-discrimination with respect to human rights cannot be worked on.

For example?
A police inspector beats a journalist while complying with his task of documenting an event related to disappearances and murders, homicides and is filmed, but the prosecutor publicly assures that the video is not enough to generate a process. Let’s think what would have happened if it had been the other way around and a journalist had aggressively exceeded the order not to stop, would have pushed the policeman and that would have been filmed. The scenario would have been totally different. So this government is applying the law according to the convenience of who violates the law, who violates human rights or who is the victim. If the victim is a person not related to the official narrative, the protection mechanisms are not activated.

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How do you see the right to dissent?
There is an issue of prosecuting the protest and criminalizing dissent. I insist once again that we must see ourselves in the mirror of Nicaragua. It is the closest we have and is the reflection of what we can become. Of course, Nicaraguan leaders tell us that El Salvador is going much faster. Ortega took 20 years to have what he has now. We are in a matter of two or three years in very similar scenarios. And when democratic spaces are closed, the first to be hit are human rights defenders and independent journalism. And currently they are the next enemy. Enough analysts have already been heard to argue that within the populist discourse, staying in power requires enemies, inventing enemies.

This government offered modernity and freshness. Is it really that?
History repeats itself, again we are in scenarios where democratic spaces begin to close. And the population would begin to experience firsthand the consequences of the closure of those spaces. The lack of controls between the organs of the State, for example, is a lesson of centuries. And the population is going to wake up, realizing what is really happening. Nowadays, it seems that they only removed some magistrates and put others, but one thing is the defense in the abstract of the republican system and the democratic institutionality and another is when I live the consequences directly when that translates into the egg carton , milk, oil, gas are increasing significantly.

Is there something to do about it?
I argue that it is too late to be able to reverse the damage that has already been caused to this democracy, to this weak democratic institutionality built since the signing of the Peace Accords. Many say that just as we punished Arena, the FMLN and the Christian Democratic Party 40 years ago, we are going to punish New Ideas, but we do not realize that they have been given so much power that they are simply going to change the rules of the game and the same Constitution. That can mark us a scenario of no less than 20 years to recover what was lost.

Do you see any simile with our history?
We could compare the current moment with the end of the 60s, where protests began to be repressed, there were electoral fraud, it no longer mattered that you resorted to the vote to want to change things, because the entire structure was already designed for electoral fraud . But the proof is very old that the more repression is generated, the discontent accumulates and sooner or later the situation explodes.

Message during a civil rally at the Monument to the Constitution. Photo EDH / Menly Cortez

Is it valid for you to speak of a dictatorship in El Salvador?
What happens is that we want to talk about military dictatorships in the style of Pinochet, in the style of Duvalier or Somoza. Modern dictatorships do not necessarily have to have the same profile, which is why it is very difficult to speak of a dictatorship in El Salvador. Although I do not doubt that the authoritarian and autocratic demeanor of the groups that control the Government. That we are heading towards a dictatorship, I do not dispute it, but it would not be one of those who would affirm that there is already a dictatorship.

Don’t you see a return of the armed forces to politics?
Yes, there is a militarization of politics and a very large militarization of public activity. The military have once again had powers that they should never have had. And the incident that occurred with the journalist Beltrán and the inspector (of the PNC) raises us the concern that the attack on someone is justified. And suddenly an armed policeman who beats a journalist is declared a national hero. This boasting in this way to the institutional armed sector, the Armed Forces and the Police is extremely serious. It takes us to times when we live in conflict.

What tools are there from the international community to stop the authoritarian drift?
It is a question that can have a very frustrating answer. For me, a very strong indicator has been that there was no state representative at the meeting that was called by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Unfortunately, until there is a sufficient orchestra of the international community that results in other types of sanctions. The mirror of Nicaragua gives us the alerts. We must reflect on what is happening.

And in this process, do you think there will be a large exodus of Salvadorans?
Yes, it is the next point. We can no longer only speak of forced migration caused by non-state actors with the license and responsibility of the State. Now we are already learning about the forced migration of people who are talking about political persecution in this country. Then we will once again have requests for refugee and asylum from actors who will state that they are the object of persecution, not only from non-state entities such as gangs or organized crime, but also from State agents for belonging to a political party, for being a journalist, for be from a non-governmental organization qualified by this government as an opponent. There is nothing that tells us that this will decrease if people continue to perceive this political crisis in their daily lives.


Johnson forced to self-isolate on eve of lifting of restrictions in England

published on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 7:39 p.m.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, contact case and in isolation, called on Sunday for “caution” on the eve of the lifting of restrictions linked to the pandemic in England, in the midst of the outbreak of contaminations.

The Covid-19 has killed more than 128,600 people in the United Kingdom where contamination has skyrocketed for weeks, with a total of more than 585,000 cases recorded since July 1. The country is the most affected in Europe in number of cases, exceeding the threshold of 50,000 new daily contaminations on Friday and Saturday.

Boris Johnson nevertheless assured Sunday that it was the “right time” to proceed with this major step in deconfinement, renamed “Freedom Day”, while calling on the population to be vigilant.

“Please be careful,” he pleaded in a video posted to his Twitter account in which he points to the “extreme contagiousness” of the Delta variant of the virus.

The Prime Minister is forced to self-isolate until July 26 after being in contact with Minister of Health Sajid Javid, who announced on Saturday that he was positive for Covid-19.

Boris Johnson “will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely” from Checkers, the country residence of heads of government, north-west London, the Downing Street spokesman said.

This spokesperson had initially indicated that Boris Johnson and his Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak, also contact case, would escape complete isolation because of their participation in a “pilot program of daily screening” which “allows them to continue to work from Downing Street “.

However, in the face of the outrage over the announcement, with the opposition denouncing a government “above the law”, Downing Street backed down and finally announced that the two men will observe their period of isolation.

Labor Party leader Keir Starmer on Twitter denounced a government in “chaos”, sending conflicting messages on the eve of the lifting of almost all remaining restrictions in England, including the requirement to wear masks or social distancing.

From Monday, teleworking will no longer be the norm. Performance halls and stadiums will reopen at full capacity, discotheques will once again be able to accommodate the public, bar service will again be possible in pubs and the number of people allowed to assemble will no longer be limited.

The mask will no longer be compulsory but recommended in transport and shops.

– “Undermining the efforts” –

This great relaxation is considered “reckless” by the Labor opposition, faced with the rise in contaminations due to the Delta variant, which is particularly contagious. The number of daily contaminations could reach 100,000 within a few weeks, by the admission of the Minister of Health.

A group of influential international scientists on Friday called on the government to reverse its decision which “risks undermining efforts to control the pandemic not only in the United Kingdom, but also in other countries”.

In addition to the infected people, millions of people, in case of contact, were asked to stay at home for ten days.

Pressure from business circles is mounting for the application used by the public health service to be revised due to the large number of people contacted, which raises fears of staff shortages preventing certain services from functioning. On Saturday, a London Underground line had to be interrupted for lack of sufficient staff in the control room.

At the borders, an easing comes into effect Monday for certain destinations.

People fully vaccinated in the UK and coming from countries classified as “orange”, including many tourist destinations like Italy or Spain, will no longer need to observe quarantine on arrival in England.

The arrivals from France will have to continue to observe a quarantine because of the “persistent presence” of cases of the Beta variant, which worries the government because of its resistance to the AstraZeneca vaccine, widely used in the United Kingdom.


Lorena Peña calls “vulgar” and “low” attacks by deputies who tried to discredit her in NGO commission

The seriousness expected of the commission investigating NGOs fell apart when some of its members launched comments deemed “misogynistic” and “vulgar” against the former legislator.

For more than eight hours, the former MP Lorena Peña faced six pro-government deputies alone in an intense interrogation in which they tried, unsuccessfully, to break her even with comments that suggested that she had committed irregularities and others that affected her dignity as a third-party woman. age, as she herself confronted them, calling them “vulgar” and “low”.

The former legislator, who came to preside over the Legislative Assembly, was summoned to present on the process of delivery of Budget funds to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), one of which, the Mélidas, to which she belonged, was favored, by which the deputies alleged that Peña incurred in a “conflict of interest.”

Faced with recurring questions and cross-examinations and mentions of aspects of her private life, Peña did not hesitate to tell them that “they had set up a theater” to make her incriminate herself, something to which she was not going to lend. The president of the Commission, Alexia Rivas, from New Ideas, replied that “it was not a circus”, but that they were trying to investigate the facts.

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At a certain point, she herself had to demand respect from deputies Caleb Rivas and Carlos Hermann Bruch, the former for telling her that “where had a document been passed?” and to the other for telling him that she was “close” to the former leader Facundo Guardado, comments that she described as “vulgar” and “cheap” and before which the person who chaired the commission, the deputy Alexia Rivas, could do little.

“And where did this law formation procedure go through?” Navarro asked, to which Peña replied: “He asked me where did that thing go, because I didn’t go through the triumphal arch…”, and at that moment the president of the Commission closed the microphone. “He should also measure his words,” reasoned Peña, adding “just because I’m a woman, don’t make such vulgar metaphors.”

“Mr. Bruch, control yourself!”, The former deputy demanded at one point, claiming that he interrupted her a lot and that she even told her that “she was left alone” and that not even her party wanted her.

The deputy was interrogated, but when she tried to explain her they interrupted her, and if she mentioned reported cases of corruption in the current government or mentioned the NGO linked to deputy Guillermo Gallegos, they would turn off the microphone.

Due to all these facts, she even told them that “the president sent them” and used the expression of “coup plotters”, alluding to the coup against the Constitutional Chamber and the Prosecutor’s Office that the ruling party in the Assembly perpetrated on May 1 .

The pro-government deputies did not find an old woman easy to break, but rather an ex-guerrilla, as she herself recalled, used to walking whole nights in the war of the 80s and knowing about the interrogations of the dreaded National Guard, which was dissolved after the 1992 peace accords, but also a former congresswoman who made politics her life in the last three decades.

On several occasions the president of the Commission turned off the microphone to the former deputy, even going so far as to threaten her with declaring her “in contempt” because she tried to reason her answers and not just answer with a “yes” or “no” as They wanted.

“You have never worked with women. That’s why they don’t understand, ”Peña reproached them when they asked her again and again about the same point: the internal efforts that she carried out in the Assembly with other parties for the approval of funds. “He has a narrow vision,” he told Congressman Rivas, who insisted on asking him again and again about the process.

“They want me to teach him how to work,” he told them. “You will have to learn … that is parliamentarism,” he emphasized.

“As I explained to you, before the debate on the laws lasted up to three months, not like that of Bitcoin, which was approved in five hours. It is a perverse mechanism, ”he pointed out.

The former legislator claimed that she had to wait to be received by the commission, to which was added the time of the interrogation and two recesses of up to 45 minutes. “Here we can wake up, but you are not going to make me think like you. Don’t waste your time, ”was the reply when it was past midnight.

“I am older than you and I do not ask for such long breaks,” he claimed. The appearance ended at 2:15 in the morning of this Saturday.

Yes indeed. Earlier, the former deputy Peña told them to “remember that the jurisdiction is going to end” and they will have to answer for what they do now.


The embassy in Austria warned the Russians about the threat // Look

Floods remain in Europe, and Russians are asked to be careful when visiting Austria.

The Russian embassy in Austria is calling for vigilance and caution amid warnings about the threat of floods in some regions of the country, the Russia 24 TV channel reported.

The Austrian Disaster Management Service has issued a flood warning, and a storm warning has been issued for most federal states. The rivers Salzach, Inn, Enns and Steyr are at risk of flooding, the embassy said on social media. It is clarified that the tense situation will continue until the end of Sunday.


ARS Occitanie | Coronavirus: latest update in Occitania

New coronavirus situation update in Occitania. This summary bulletin n ° 187 indicates a certain stability of hospital activity indicators: 447 hospitalizations in progress this evening (+2) including 52 in intensive care and critical care (-1), and to date 4,607 deaths observed in health establishments since the start of the epidemic in March 2020 (+1 in 3 days).

This bulletin confirms the very rapid acceleration of the circulation of the Delta variant in our region, especially among the youngest. It is a warning signal that calls on everyone to be vaccinated now to protect themselves against this very contagious variant. This call for vaccination has aroused in recent days a new very strong enthusiasm: the day after the presidential address, Tuesday July 13, 69,000 people were vaccinated in Occitania, including 25,000 first injections. This new regional record was again slightly exceeded yesterday: #All Mobilized # TousVacciné # TousProtégés.

• Next coronavirus newsletter in Occitanie: Tuesday July 20, 2021.


6 Delta clusters and a multiple variant focus

The weekly report from Public Health France provides a snapshot of the health situation in Reunion Island. The coronavirus epidemic has continued to gain momentum for three weeks now. A record for the number of contaminations was recorded last week and the incidence rate has also exceeded the containment threshold set by the prefect last February. Réunion is currently still under the threat of a total restriction of movement.

Covid: Where are the 33 active clusters?

More than half of the municipalities are above the threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and 7 are above the threshold for confinement. There are a total of 33 active clusters, 20 of which are of high or moderate criticality.

The Port – which also has an incidence rate of 500 per 100,000 inhabitants – has 4 high-criticality clusters as well as 3 in Saint-Paul and Saint-Pierre, 2 in Tampon and 1 in Saint-Leu.

There are 3 moderately critical clusters in Saint-Denis, 2 in Saint-Pierre and 1 in Port and Le Tampon.

All the clusters bring together 336 of the 1,441 cases recorded last week in Reunion.

The name of Delta double clusters

Santé Publique France also takes stock of the progress of the Delta variant in Reunion. The director of health surveillance at the Regional Health Agency, Xavier Deparis, announced Tuesday the confirmation of 40 cases on the island. 3 new clusters were also identified, bringing the total number to 6.

The national body stresses that “clusters where variant cases have been reported this week are related to large gatherings of people and several family homes“. A case was notably recorded via a participant in the private party which brought together 500 people at Le Tampon last weekend.

A cluster with multiple variants

Finally, Santé Publique France mentions a particular situation: “We are observing an increase in the number of risk exposures within communities and large gatherings of people with, in particular, the concomitant circulation of several variants within the same cluster. This is in connection with the intensification of the circulation of the virus on the territory, the significant share of variants, as well as the relaxation of barrier gestures.


Scientists have discovered a genetic predisposition to severe COVID-19

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Patients who already have lung disease are more susceptible to severe complications from COVID-19. This conclusion was reached by an international group of scientists, the results of a large-scale study were published in the journal “Nature Communications”.

Researchers from 10 countries analyzed the genetic code of over 611,000 lung cells in healthy people and patients with chronic diseases. It turned out that in the latter, the cells of the respiratory tract are more prone to infection with the coronavirus. This leads to severe symptoms of COVID-19 and a greater likelihood of death.

For diseases causing severe consequences of COVID-19, the researchers attributed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, progressive scarring and hardening of the lung tissue. Additional risk factors include old age, male gender, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

According to the researchers, genetic changes in cells help the SARS-CoV-2 virus to penetrate them more easily, multiply and trigger an uncontrolled immune response.

“Our results show that patients with chronic lung disease are molecularly predisposed to be more susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection,” said study leader Dr. Nicholas Banovich of the US Research Institute for Translational Genomics.

First of all, the scientists looked for changes in AT2 cells, the main type of lung epithelial cells, with particular attention to the cellular pathways and levels of gene expression associated with COVID-19.

They also assessed changes in immune cells and found unregulated gene expression in patients with chronic lung disease associated with hyperinflammation and sustained cytokine production, two characteristic symptoms of severe coronavirus infection.


you only enter with more than $ 1 million

This wholesale market was in operation before the arrival of the new controls, but it took its own flight this week. It is “the freest legal dollar”

The new measures of the Central Bank and the National Securities Commission (CNV) on the operation for the acquisition of dollars in the Cash With Liquidation market (CCL) at the beginning of this week They revitalized other legal channels to buy dollars and turn them abroad and, thus, a new price of the dollar was added to the reference values ​​for the exchange market: the “SENEBI dollar” (Bilateral Negotiation Segment).

It should be remembered that, until last week, the maximum weekly bonds that clients of the Settlement and Clearing Agents (ALyCs), stock traders that are not their own portfolio, could sell to buy CCL was 100,000 per week. And now, they can only buy 50,000.

Also, until last week, you could trade around US $ 30,000 with the AL30 bond and without limit with the GD30. But now, the cap is around $ 30,000 a week for both. Thus, the BCRA and CNV regulations put a lock more to the transaction of CCL and there are cases of people who were left with their dollars “stranded” in limbo since they have not been able to make their sales because the new measure seized them in the middle of the operation.

“In fact, a client of mine who received a very large compensation, planned to buy MEP and CCL and kept the bonds locked. He will have to wait three weeks to be able to finalize his plans as a result of the reduction of the quota,” says Mauro Cognetta, financial advisor and director of Big River.

However, when the measure was known, some experts explained that this did not imply that the client who wanted could not sell bonds through the wholesale channel, through the SENEBI, which, in fact, was always the place where large volumes were operated. What does this imply? That not everyone can access it, due to the amounts required to enter.

A characteristic of SENEBI is that the price of the CCL that is negotiated there is agreed between two parties.

What is SENEBI and how does it work?

According to official sources to iProfesional, SENEBI is a round of Stock Exchanges and Markets of Argentina (ByMA) and, therefore, in general lines, operating there has the same conditions as in the open market. “This implies, for example, that If a subject is not authorized to operate CCL, he cannot do so in this segment, “they indicate.

Likewise, the operations carried out in that segment are recorded and must be reported to BYMA at the end of the round. It is very important to note that it does not work with a reference price (that is, it is not a question of supply and demand), but the price is agreed in a negotiation between the two parties involved, a bidder and a demander.

This means that it is a market whose prices do not appear on traders’ screens and are often above average. The parties agree on a figure and close the operation, without any limit or information to the market of what the exchange rate is. But, if there are substantial differences with the screen price (the retail CCL price), it is possible that a complaint will be initiated before the Financial Information Unit (FIU).

“To operate in this square, there is a minimum transaction amount of $ 1 million, which is equivalent to around US $ 6,000, the commission to be paid for the operations carried out in that market is not preset and they are not covered by BYMA’s mandatory guarantee fund, “says a market source.

As previously stated, this Cash With Settlement will continue to operate freely and the Stock Exchange companies will not have nominal limits to operate with their own portfolio.

The retail client does not have the possibility of entering SENEBI due to the values ​​it handles

New regulation, new role for this dollar

Although it worked before the new restrictions, this market was not diffused because the average prices registered in it were very similar to those of the CCL dollar. However, these days, the dollar SENEBI“is becoming a new reference price.

It is the price that best reflects the reference price of the North American currency because it arises from the free and private exchange between a foreign company and a local company“, points out Sergio Morales, CEO of Interfinance.com.ar.

The expert explains that “the search to externalize assets by Argentine companies does not generally compensate the interest in entering foreign currency into the country, so its price ends up being very similar to the informal dollar, although with the difference that we refer to an operation electronic and completely legal. ”

A) Yes, while yesterday the CCL was trading around $ 167, the SENEBI was around $ 170. However, Cognetta explains that it is a problem that the SENEBI begins to take off more than the CCL and becomes a reference price for the market because “its price is not transparent to the public and, although the amount that was operated at the end of the day, it is not so easy to know how its value is calculated “.

The truth is that operator volumes were also boosted by the arrival of the new measures, given that, up to that moment, 30% were operated in the PPT market (traditional by screen) and 70% in SENEBI (over the counter- OTC), but after the arrival of regulation, this relationship was altered.

“On the first day, the ratio became 85% SENEBI and 25% PPT, although in the following three days it fell almost to the usual average level (70/30)”, describes the specialist. He points out, however, that “we must give it more time to see how the market is accommodating because it is still a few days”, but does not rule out that it will settle around 15% / 85% in the coming months.

In this context, Morales anticipates that the dollar “SENEBI” will continue to exist as a reference, forever and when these measures are in force.

“It should be remembered that this strategy by the Government is aimed at having greater control over financial dollars, which are public and cause a greater impact on the population on the eve of an electoral process,” he says.

For this reason, it does not rule out that the new measures remain in force at least until the elections are held.

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Pray for us and for South Africa – Africa

Ana C. lives in Ballito, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and fearfully recounts the despair that currently lives there, along with many other parts of the country, in this turbulent period of violence and looting since her arrest. of former president Jacob Zuma. “Don’t put my nickname”, he asks.

“There’s no gas around here, the supermarkets are empty and we can’t leave the house,” says Ana to Negócios. “They have already tried to enter some houses and now we have our men taking turns all day and night guarding the entrance to the building. This is very ugly”, he adds, asking: “Pray for us and for South Africa” .

In the midst of chaos, there is also a solidary side to stand out, as is the case of a group of men who traveled from Johannesburg to Durban with trucks loaded with bread to distribute. “The unity of the people who have gathered around here, to protect themselves and give each other food when this is lacking, has been incredible”, says Ana, who is the daughter of Portuguese emigrants.

Ana’s sisters and parents live near Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng, and they say that things there are not as hot there as they are in Ballito. Still, one cannot speak of peace, as it is one of the provinces where the most disturbances are registered.

The adviser of the Madeiran diaspora in South Africa, José Nascimento, told Lusa that “about a hundred businesses of six major Portuguese businessmen, including sons of Madeirans, in the food and beverage sector, were looted and vandalized in South Africa “. “The number of affected businesses is around a hundred. For example, only businessman Vicente Ferreira lost 28 businesses, most of them in KwaZulu-Natal,” he stressed.

The fatal victims of the wave of violence that has devastated South Africa for the seventh consecutive day have already reached at least 117, with more than 2,200 arrests having been carried out, according to a new report released this Thursday by the Presidency of the South African Republic and quoted above. by Lusa.

“It is estimated that around 450,000 Portuguese and Portuguese descendants live in South Africa, of which at least 200,000 in Johannesburg and Gauteng, and 20,000 in KwaZulu-Natal, but according to the Portuguese adviser there are no nationals among the victims”, says the agency.

Remember that Zuma turned himself in to the security forces last Wednesday night, July 7th, to serve a 15-month sentence [ao fim de quatro meses poderá pedir liberdade condicional] out of disrespect, since he refused to testify before the commission that is investigating the accusations against him: corruption in the purchase of weapons in 1999 and favoring businessmen during his presidency (2009-2018).

Protests by its supporters began on Friday, July 9 – with the incidents originating in KwaZulu-Natal, the province where the former president was born.

The riots have continued since then and the country’s current president, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced yesterday that he is considering sending 25,000 soldiers to the streets in an attempt to stop this spiral of violence. The initial number of the military detachment was 2,500 men, then increased to 5,000 but it remains insufficient to contain the riots.