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Looting Breaks Out In Argentina

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If you were wondering why the Argentinian leadership were unwilling to pay off a few 'annoying' hedge funds with a few billion dollars (and were pissed about losing one yacht), then perhaps this report from the BBC will enlighten. Argentina authorities have sent hundreds of troops to the southern city of Bariloche after a spate of looting. Critically, Bariloche is not some shanty-town, it is one of the nation's most popular ski resorts and 'relatively' affluent. The following clip sums up the dangerous situation the nation finds itself in, despite the government's assurances that this is a "false picture of social and political collapse." Looks real to us?


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Via BBC:

Argentine authorities have sent hundreds of troops to the southern city of Bariloche after a spate of looting.


At least three supermarkets in the popular ski resort were targeted, causing panic among local residents and tourists.


Dozens of people, many with their faces covered, broke into the supermarkets stealing electronics, toys and clothes.


The government blamed small criminal gangs but local authorities pinned the attacks on anarchist organisations.


Governor Alberto Weretilneck called for federal troops to restore order in Rio Negro, in the country's Patagonia region.


"With this type of action, these groups have been trying to paint a false picture of social and political collapse," the provincial authorities said in a statement.


The attacks took place in San Carlos de Bariloche, an Andean resort popular with tourists from other South American countries.


Local police said other shops and depots on the outskirts of the town were also targeted by looters. All shops closed after the thefts.


President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been in constant communication with the province's governor, according to her spokesman Juan Manuel Abal Medina.


He said the Bariloche attacks were linked to the sabotage of power lines earlier on Thursday in the neighbouring province of Neuquen.

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Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:42 | 3086558 Badabing
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No not again!

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:44 | 3086568 Almost Solvent
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Coming soon to a town near YOU!

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:45 | 3086574 trav777
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probably mexicans

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:50 | 3086587 AssFire
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You are just saying that just because there is no welfare there and hence no niggas.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:30 | 3086755 Enslavethechild...
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Jesus is back, hes righting things and he's starting in Argentina

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:01 | 3086955 AldousHuxley
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Interesting that reporting is coming from BBC
Interesting that prince William postponed his honeymoon to visit Falklands in South America by himself

Argentina has oil

Western powers trying to paint Argentina as the next rogue state?

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:37 | 3087102 SilverDOG
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...and the difference between Argentina and Iraq, Iran, Syria, etc??

Obviously not the OIL... just how the banks collapse them in order to possess EVERYTHING.


Fri, 12/21/2012 - 14:36 | 3087641 Bicycle Repairman
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Let's see .... wire cutters, gas mask, track shoes and ..... bullet-proof backpack.


Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:59 | 3087210 Kali
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Yes.  All of Latin America, actually.


Fri, 12/21/2012 - 18:17 | 3088473 Supernova Born
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"FerFAL" is proven right again. [he has written extensively on his experiences as an Argentine after the 2001 collapse] I'm sure he is enjoying a "Christmas bowl" in Northern Ireland while smiling broadly at his admiring wife and sons.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:35 | 3086785 urwright
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ZH pushing BBC propaganda in order to appease the naggers who lost a ship and the only collateral they might get their tentacles on. This loan of money that was never collateralized in the first place.

Anyone learning anything here? Did you not see the store shelves still 70% full of worthless crap still? Did the looters look hungry? Did the police in this affluent city look organized?

How is this story a threat and not a confirmation that spineless Tyler has influenced a trade? 

Anonomitity is a tool and so are you in a game where sumtin comes from nuthin. All about the USUSRY as even you can be used by nobody and get what they got while they beg and beg to give it to the suckubus. Debit is only as real as one participates in it - who do you owe?


Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:56 | 3086615 GMadScientist
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Or Republicans from South Carolina.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:43 | 3087141 samcontrol
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First, Tyler i did give you the breaking news. I was one of the first on sight yesterday.

Second, what does this have to do with Mexicans ? Braindead mule .

Third, breaking news .... IT HAS SPREAD to other provinces. 5 killed today.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:49 | 3087165 Popo
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If you're looking up to see what's making all that noise up there... it's that joke about Mexicans whooshing over your head.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 15:26 | 3087857 Al Gorerhythm
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Award yourself the Pulitzer for your cracking story.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 15:46 | 3087940 samcontrol
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no i awarded myself some
Argentine vigilant Freedom ....

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:50 | 3086583 Fredo Corleone
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Argentina -- ah, of course ! That lovely country south of the Equator, where the government, in recent years, confiscated all private pension holdings in order to right said country's fiscal keel ?


Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:57 | 3086617 Bad Attitude
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Social justice, bitchez.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:07 | 3086667 SmallerGovNow2
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Everybody gets their fair share....

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:52 | 3086912 Nothing To See Here
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Socialism at work. I won't cry over their misery since they voted themselves into it. USA to catch up in a few months.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 13:37 | 3087381 Bullionaire
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Next stop, La Estancia de Cafayate.  I wonder if Doug Casey has retained the services of Academi yet...

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 13:46 | 3087412 XitSam
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Man, that company changes names more than I change ... nevermind.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 13:58 | 3087465 F. Bastiat
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If looters were shot on sight, there would be a lot less looting.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 15:27 | 3087865 Al Gorerhythm
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Does that same insight work on government?

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 13:54 | 3087448 F. Bastiat
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With the inaptly named perversion called "obama care", "medical justice" is the new form of "social justice".

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:57 | 3086619 JenkinsLane
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Coming to a Western country near you soon....

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:33 | 3086778 e-recep
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it actually did. august 2011 in england.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:00 | 3086633 eaglerock
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Don't cry for me....

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:07 | 3086665 francis_sawyer
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You could post that on the Boner thread as well...

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:30 | 3086760 Taterboy
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Christmas looting, way more fun than Christmas caroling!

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:00 | 3086636 Buckaroo Banzai
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Anybody who follows Ferfal knows Argentina is on the brink of complete social breakdown. Here's one of his latest, apparently the criminal justice system has collapsed and lynch mobs are now in fashion.


Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:23 | 3086723 NooooB
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C'mon, if that happened here this is the first site that would defend the locals. Esp if it was a minority on white crime... Please..

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:37 | 3086805 Buckaroo Banzai
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Who's attacking the locals? In the absence of a functioning justice system, they did exactly what they had to do. The point was, there is no functioning criminal justice system down there now. If civilized society had a Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, a criminal justice system would be right at the bottom of the pyramid.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:57 | 3086931 NooooB
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I just don't understand why isolated stories of crime or looting justify claiming Argentina is in some state of collapse.. Relative to what? Facist Dictatorship? Crony banker elite oligarchy?.. You all are making it sound as if there was some kind of what we would consider "Normal" system there ever...  Oh Look! New Orleans is fucked up! ... See! the sky IS falling!.. It's stupid... Nothing against you per se. Just the tendancy of ZH-ers some times to behave like Springer viewers- surprised and shocked when the uneducated, ignorant, impoverished, Moron does something foolish..

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:13 | 3087019 GeezerGeek
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I don't believe anything about Argentina unless it comes from Simon Black, or maybe Doug Casey.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:22 | 3087056 NooooB
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Well then, Your world view must be kaleidoscopic... Congratulations.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 14:00 | 3087470 killallthefiat
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I agree.  I was told by those two that


When the night falls down,
I wait for you, and to come around
And the world's alive
With the sound of kids on the street outside
When you walk into the room
You pull me close and we start to move
And we're spinnin' with the stars above
And you lift me up
In the wave of love

Oh, baby do you know what that's worth?
Oh Heaven is a place in Argentina
They say in Argentina, love comes first
We'll make Argentina a place on Earth
Oh, Argentina is a place on Earth

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 15:14 | 3087807 smlbizman
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geezer, i get jokes...

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:48 | 3087160 samcontrol
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shut up , you have no clue about Argentina, stop acting as you know what you are talking about.
Justice system works fine here, better than most first world countries, it is VERY slow and sometimes corrupt but not more than anywhere else.

the problem THIS TIME is the bitch we have in power,,, for now!!!,

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:10 | 3086995 caconhma
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I love to see criminal being lynched. This is not a mob killing criminals. It is the real justice.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:38 | 3087109 Matt
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Of course, lynch mobs do not tend to require quite the stringent burden of proof that a legal system provides, so there will be some "innocents" hanging in the breeze along with the guilty.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 14:24 | 3087582 blunderdog
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The Romantic tradition is that killing innocents is just fine as long as it amuses the brutes.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 17:03 | 3088225 Urban Redneck
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Because the innocent look so different from the guilty when the mob is seeking their blood...




Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:40 | 3087122 prodigious_idea
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Have followed Ferfal's observations and recommendations regarding survival and EDC/survival gear for some time.  But the Argentinian crisis is more than 10 years old and opinions are mixed about whether it's stabilized.  Not as an indicator of a stable society, but the movie Assassination Tango was shot in Buenes Aires in 2002 (2001?), which seems unusual immediately following the supposed 2001 currency collapse/societal chaos.  And why isn't Ferfal blogging on the idea of societal breakdown rather than flashlights that he likely gets for free?

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 01:31 | 3089338 mkkby
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Isn't Argentina one of Simon Black's great escape destinations?  Nothing can go wrong with that.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:48 | 3086584 Salon
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Popcorn! Candy! Ice cold beer!

Zero Hedge is the best seat in the house to watch the birth of a new social contract.

(after a neo dark age of rape, pillage, and murder)

I am the optimist!

Salon the Illiterate Greek

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:57 | 3086935 RockyRacoon
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Prepare, and do your part:

Freedom Fighter's Manual

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:16 | 3086703 Taterboy
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"Not a shanty-town" Who loots a shanty-town? Who's gonna steal poor people's stuff. What do they own -a skinny chicken and some dirt. Go uptown. Get some brie and iphones.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:26 | 3087070 ElvisDog
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I think the point is that the authorities (of whatever country) tend to defend the wealthy enclaves first and foremost. The fact that this looting broke out in a wealthy resort-town indicates a breakdown of the ability of the authorities to maintain order.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 14:37 | 3087644 machineh
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As you head south from Bariloche on Highway 258, you'll see that the whole south side of town (away from the beautiful lakeshore) is a poor slum.

These are the folks who scrape out a living, getting seasonal work in the hotels and restaurants. 

Every city in Argentina, including its ski resorts, has slums. Don't imagine Bariloche as a southern version of Aspen!

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