It may not be the end of the world but in my country someone apparently decided it’s the end of peace. Since yesterday, large groups of people have been outright robbing supermarkets all over the country. This has happened before. In 2001, right before the then President took a helicopter out of the Casa Rosada (the pink House, our equivalent of the White House) after resigning, almost every supermarket was robbed in what we called “saqueos”. I don’t know what is the word for that in English, but I remember seeing the people walking to the market at the corner, with supermarket carts, right in front of my house. It was after a period of hyperinflation like this country had only seen once before, in 1989, when the prices of basic products like rice, noodles and even mineral water doubled twice a day. The situation was desperate and people’s wages were not enough to get food, since the national currency decreased its worth every day. And people from lower social classes could not afford to survive, so they went and robbed the supermarkets instead.
What happened in Bariloche and Rosario yesterday, and Campana, San Fernando, and San Martín today was NOT the same. Men wearing hoods, as you can see in the photograph, were robbing the LCD tvs, washing machines and other home appliances.
This is not social need. This is chaos. Violence. People taking whatever they want without anyone stopping them. The government is blaming the unionists, and the police has had incidents with these people, kicking them away from the supermarket, only for them to break and rob whatever store was on their way.
The end of the world? No. The end of social peace? Perhaps. Unless someone does something, this will transform in anarchy.