The government has advanced its arguments to the Supreme Court to obtain the effective suspension of classroom teaching in Buenos Aires as a result of the increase in coronavirus cases.
Responsible for presenting these arguments was Finance Minister Carlos Zannini, who is trying to extend the deadlines for this Tuesday when the appeal period against the decision of the local authorities blocking the decree of President Alberto Fernández ends.
In a more than 100-page document, the government has defended its position to refute the decision of the Buenos Aires lawyer Gabriel Astarloa, who represents the administration of Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. Astarloa had criticized the school closure in Buenos Aires as an “unconstitutional”, “arbitrary” and “unreasonable” decision.
“It is evident that protecting public health and life justifies restricting the right of broadcast,” Zannini’s team argued in the letter.
It was made clear that “the restriction is not intended to interfere with the right to education, as the plaintiff (the city) maliciously contends, but is intended to reduce the requirement, which necessarily entails the restriction of certain activities that people engage in focus”.
In the official document, they also ask the court to cite the government of Axel Kicillof in Buenos Aires as a “third party to forced intervention”. According to Zannini, “any decision that the court ultimately makes” about the scope of the decree “will inevitably affect the sphere of the province of Buenos Aires in one way or another.”
If the decree were to have no effect on the government, it would affect the province. “In this way, the circulation between the jurisdictions involved would increase and therefore the rate of infection growth would increase, thereby endangering the health of the population and the health system not only of Buenos Aires but also of the province,” the government said according to the newspaper ‘Clarín ‘exposed.
However, local authorities insist that the decree extending the suspension of face-to-face courses violates the autonomy of the city, does not respond to “common sense” and violates the principle of “federal supremacy”, according to which the constitution, especially the Argentine one, is declared Law.