La Cámpora

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Members of "La Cámpora" during a demonstration.

La Cámpora is an Argentine political youth organization supporting the governments of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. It is named after former peronist president Héctor José Cámpora. Although it was established in 2003, it became politically influential after the death and state funeral of Néstor Kirchner.


La Cámpora was created by Máximo Kirchner, son of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández.[1] The group was created during the 2003 Argentine general election, in support of Néstor Kirchner. The group organized demonstrations in support of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner during the 2008 Argentine government conflict with the agricultural sector, to counter the opposing demonstrations.[1]

The group vindicates the actions of the guerilla group Montoneros, and thus was named after Héctor José Cámpora, who had favored them.[2] However, most members are too young to know first-hand about the 1970 conflicts in Argentina, or the actual actions of Cámpora as president.[2] The methodology of the modern group bears no similarity to the former Montoneros, aiming instead to confront the discourse implemented by the political right through what La Cámpora perceives as their dominance of the Argentine media that opposes changes implemented by the Kirchner administration. Using new technologies, including blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks on the internet,[3] La Cámpora confronts the media conglomerates that in its view control the vast majority of Argentine media and work to undermine the Kirchner administration.[2]

Initially, the group had the usual low profile of most youth wings. After the death of Néstor Kirchner, the group became one of the three factions struggling for power within the Kirchner administration, the others being the General Confederation of Labour and the traditional structures of the Justicialist Party.[4] Cristina Fernández instructed that the lists of candidates for provincial legislators included at least two or three members of the Cámpora among the first eight.[4]

In the aftermath of the 2013 Argentina floods, the group sent 1,500 members into the affected areas of La Plata to participate in relief efforts.[5] A violent clash broke out between the group's members and members of the construction workers union UOCRA.[6] The group's actions in La Plata have been severely criticised by the World Socialist Web Site.[7]

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  1. ^ a b La Cámpora gana espacio en el entorno kirchnerista (Spanish)
  2. ^ a b c La Cámpora (Spanish)
  3. ^ Secretos de la "peronosfera K" (Spanish)
  4. ^ a b La Cámpora avanza en las listas del oficialismo de todo el país (Spanish)
  5. ^ "Original Spanish text: La militancia junto al pueblo". La Cámpora. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Tarbuck, Emily. "La Plata Union Demands Release of Members Following Violent Clashes". The Argentina Independent. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Azul, Rafael. "Floods devastate Argentina". World Socialist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

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