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Argentine President Alberto Fernandez turned his face sharply, claiming that the Brazilians had descended “out of the jungle,” stating that his own country was founded by European colonists, prompting an immediate reaction.
The Latin American leader made a controversial remark during a meeting with his Spanish counterpart on Wednesday, seeking to differentiate Argentina from its neighbors, citing its historical ties to Europe.
“I am a Europeanist. I am the one who believes in Europe. “ Alberto Fernandez said during a meeting in Buenos Aires, continuing to quote what he claimed were the words of the Mexican poet Octavio Paz.
The Mexicans came from the Indians, the Brazilians from the jungle, and we Argentines came from the boats, and they were boats that came from there, from Europe. This is how we built our society.
The comment quickly sparked outrage, especially in Brazil, prompting a strong reaction from Senator Ciro Nogueira.
“After reading … the statement of the Argentine left-wing President Fernandez about Brazilians arriving from the jungle and Argentine boats from Europe, I began to better understand why, after World War II, Nazi war criminals were hiding in Argentina.” Brazilian Senator tweeted…
Brazil’s conservative president, Jair Bolsonaro, who often sparring with Fernandez, took a more lighthearted approach by tweeting a picture of themselves with an indigenous group, captioning the image “Jungle!” next to the Brazilian flag emoji.
Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo, seemed even more offended. asking was there a comment “The racists against the indigenous peoples and the Africans who shaped Brazil” declaring that Argentina “sinking ship,” mocking Fernandez’s reference to boats.
Just hours after causing the uproar, Fernandez took to Twitter to apologize: speaking he was not going to “Make someone feel insulted or invisible” during the celebration of Argentina “diversity.”
“It has been stated more than once that“ the Argentines are descending from the ships ”. In the first half of the 20th century, more than 5 million immigrants came to us who lived with our indigenous peoples. Our diversity is our pride “, he said.
And the president attributed “Jungle” lines of a Mexican poet, the words actually come from song Argentine musician Litto Nebbia, “We came from the boats.” Fernandez made a mistake despite having a long personal history with Nebbia, who said Last July, he had known the leader for over 30 years.
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