The U.S. ambassador was repudiated in Mendoza by leftist groups
Student organizations strongly protested against the ambassador Wilma Martinez, sent by the Government of Barack Obama to Argentina. In a tense situation, she was blamed for supporting the repression of workers at Kraft.
According to media reports of Mendoza, the protesters rushed screaming and hurling leaflets in the hall of the Faculty of Medicine, where she prepared to make a speech before hundreds of academics. The ambassador said she was always willing to listen to youngsters, but they didn’t let her. “I listened to them, but they didn’t listen to me,” said Wilma Martinez. Chants, claims, and even hurling organes, were the sad and precarious ways of this group to express its opinions.
The situations in Terrabusi, Honduras, Irak, and Afghanistan, were the main points of the protest, which lasted for several minutes. As tension grew, the organizers decided to move the people to another classroom, with a restricted access to 30 people. After the incident, Martinez avoided the reporters.
The ambassador, would lecture on the relations between Argentina and the United States. She ended up giving the lecture in the Academic Council’s lounge of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, to deans , university professors and U.S. students who attend classes in Mendoza in UNCuyo.
The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires issued a statement on Martinez activities in Mendoza, but the article does not refer to the incidents.
The statement only said that Martinez, who arrived in Argentina last September, “visited the National University of Cuyo, where she met with U.S. and Argentine students, and shared a lunch with members of the Contemporary Foundation”.