Buenos Aires Times

argentina POPE'S FRIEND

Juan Grabois, Senegalese migrants locked up after protest

Upon his release Wednesday morning Grabois claimed the men had suffered "a totally unnecessary abuse of power" and blamed "all government that have fuelled a climate of hate" against migrants and other "poor sectors" of society.

Wednesday 19 September, 2018
Juan Grabois (centre) with Senegalese migrants who were detained by police following a protest on Tuesday September 18, 2018 in Buenos Aires.
Juan Grabois (centre) with Senegalese migrants who were detained by police following a protest on Tuesday September 18, 2018 in Buenos Aires. Foto:Twitter

More Argentina News

Social leader Juan Grabois was arrested on Tuesday evening with a group of Senegalese migrants.

Grabois, a close friend and collaborator in Argentina of Pope Francis, was protesting against recent policing activities leveled at a street vendors of Senegalese origin. Seven Senegalese vendors were arrested on Tuesday.

The protest took place in front of Police Station 18 in the Buenos Aires City neighborhood of Constitución, the same station where the men were held overnight.

Upon his release Wednesday morning Grabois claimed the men had suffered "a totally unnecessary abuse of power" and blamed "all government that have fuelled a climate of hate" against migrants and other "poor sectors" of society.

Grabois, who leads the Confederation of Popular Worker (CTEP), had published on his Twitter account earlier in the day that he would march on the police station to "demand the release" of two activists who had defended a group of seven Senegalese migrants from alleged police persecution.

"Xenofobia is returning, fascism is returning", Grabois told the press upon arriving to Constitución on Tuesday.

The Senegalese migrants had been Brough into the station at around 5pm Tuesday, according to Police who alleged the men refused to hand over their merchandise or identify themselves.

Grabois was detained on the charges of "resisting authority".

-TIMES/PERFIL

Poll

Op-Ed

Top Stories

  1. 1Peso closes at $40.71 to the dollar as demand for US currency spikesPeso closes at $40.71 to the dollar as demand for US currency spikes
  2. 2Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block humanitarian aid
  3. 3Journalists to pay damages to ex minister over 'false' drug trafficking report
  4. 4Unions push Vidal gov't to end outstanding 2018 wage bargaining
  5. 5US Ambassador Prado arrives in Argentina bringing message of cooperation, openness
  6. 6UCA report says 33.6% of Argentines are living below poverty line
  7. 7Police suspect 12-year-old girl's suicide linked to WhatsApp terror game Momo
  8. 8Off the radar: Argentina's gender pay gap and the attempts to tackle it
  9. 9The IMF has the keys to Macri’s re-election. Will it use them?
  10. 10Caught in the crossfire