Kirchner had two failures at the Mar del Plata “summit”, not one. The first was that he did not achieve the Bush's “backing” in the negotiations with the IMF; the second was that he could not rid from the streets of Mar del Plata the denunciation of his policies of compromise with imperialism.
The demonstration called by the piqueteros movement and by the combative expressions of the trade union and student movements gathered 9,000 brothers and sisters in Mar del Plata (and various thousands more in the rest of the country). It was a resounding political success, in the face of the militarization of the city. Above all, it was a victory over the attempt at neutralizing the repudiation of Bush with an official event —the “counter summit”-- which counted on the generous financial support of the State for the mobilization of official contingents from all over the country.
The Partido Obrero had its role. From the start, the PO raised the necessity of denouncing both the “summit” and the “counter-summit.” The MST and the CCC, on the other hand, had the aim of omitting any critical reference to the “counter-summit” and called to participate in it. The Cuba-MTR, whose main concern was overturning the metal fences set up around the summit, did not adhere, however, to the criticism against the official rallies.
The march against Bush and against the Kirchner, Bush and IMF accords gained ground with each day that passed. While the democratizing left sought refuge in the “workshops” of the “other summit,” the PO started up an energetic agitation on the streets all over Mar del Plata. We carried out a large-scale agitation at the airport; a political rally in the center of Mar del Plata, where we denounced Bush's concentration camps in Guantanamo, and also in Hungary, in Syria and in Iran, the military bases in Colombia, Ecuador, the occupation of Haiti, the unhindered entrance of yanqui troops into Paraguay, while the “democratic Latin Americans” got ready to sign a document in common with Bush, whitewashing all his wrongdoings the world over.
The enormous repercussions of this agitation got the attention of the press (including the international press) and installed the “third” march, against Bush and against the Kirchner-IMF accords. The repercussions of this political campaign became evident when, a short time before the departure of the “Dawn Train,” a journalist asked Miguel Bonasso (Kirchner deputy) the following question: “Nestor Pitrola (PO leader) says that this is an pro-government train. What do you have to say to him?” The former IU and CCC all ended up inside the “counter-summit.”