On May 30, 2020, Sebastián Romero, a worker at General Motors in Rosario and a member of the Unified Socialist Workers Party (PSTU), was arrested in the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. Sebastián has been persecuted politically since December 18, 2017 for having participated with thousands of workers in the mobilization against the pension reform that meant a brutal theft of pensioners’ income.
Then President Mauricio Macri and his Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich tried to demonize the legitimate popular mobilization against the pension reform targeting Sebastián. Just for mobilizing to defend the retirees, Sebastián has not seen his family for 29 months, nor his friends, nor his colleagues at General Motors not PSTU membership. For the same reason, his partner Daniel Ruiz was unfairly detained for 13 months at Marcos Paz maximum security prison.
Today Sebastián is a political prisoner, which is inadmissible in a society that pretends to be democratic.
We demand the Government of Uruguay, chaired by Luis Lacalle Pou, to send Sebastián to his country immediately and we demand the Argentinean Courts to set him free as a sign that essential democratic rights are back to Argentina and Macrism planned destruction of social rights is left behind.
While there are political prisoners, there is no democracy.
Forum for Democracy and Freedom for Political Prisoners
Argentinean League for Human Rights – LADH
CELS – Center for Legal and Social Studies
Ecumenical Movement for Human Rights – MEDH
Permanent Assembly for Human Rights – APDH
Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Foundational Line
Relatives and Friends of the 12 of the Holy Cross
Permanent Assembly for Human Rights – La Matanza
Memory, Truth and Justice Commission – North Zone