Police And Protest In Argentina

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During the last section of class we discussed whether the police force is intended to protect the state or to serve the citizens. While there have not been a lot of evidence to suggest what a nation would look like with its force solely serving the citizen, the case of Argentina shows that whenever the police supports the ruling government the administration uses its power to control its citizens and to subdue its political opponents. Interestingly, the case of Argentina further shows what Charles Tilly calls “state racketeering.” This concept pertains when the state becomes more of an organized crime, creating false threats in order to instill fear to the citizens and to remind them why they need the state’s protection. In Police and Protest in Argentina: a History, Michelle Bonner reveals that while the Argentinian government blamed the protesters for stirring up violence, it was the government’s police that instigated violence that ended up killing a lot of Argentinians in order to maintain stability.…show more content…
Michel Foucault points out that governmentality opens up all layers in which conduct is done. In the case of Argentina, the conduct of the government reveals the reality of state abuse of power and how the role of police is vital maintaining balance between the government and the citizens. Instead of protecting the citizens, the Argentinian police force turned against the citizens, engaging in all sorts of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, kidnapping, and
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