Luis D'Elía

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Luis D'Elía
Born (1957-01-27) January 27, 1957 (age 57)
Morón, Buenos Aires
Nationality Argentine
Occupation Piquetero

Luis D'Elía is an Argentine activist.


Luis D'Elía was born in Morón, Buenos Aires. He worked as a teacher, and was councilor of the La Matanza Partido. By then, he was accused of taking money from social welfare plans for himself. One of his first public activities was during a protest of retired workers during the administration of Carlos Menem, D'Elia was accused of trying to disrupt it in support of Menem by violent means. He created a violent wing of the Argentine Workers' Central Union, the FTV ("Federación de Tierra y Vivienda"). As he had been concerned with habitability, the president Néstor Kirchner appointed him to the subsecretary of lands for social habitability.[1]

His fellow activist Martín Cisneros was murdered in 2004. Still being a working politician, he occupied by force the police station Nº 24 of La Boca, accusing that the murderers had police protection.[2] Luis D'elía and his gang vandalized the place and some police cars, and attacked several cops.[2] He was trialed for this action.[3] The Federal Chamber sentenced the prescription of the case, but the Chamber of Cassation revoked that sentence, maintaining the trial over him.[2]

His movement aligned with the Kirchnerist regime and formally left the social activism, but still did so anyway, taking direct actions in support of the government. Juan Carlos Blumberg led a demonstration in August 2006, asking for more security, and D'Elía organizer a counter-demonstration against it. He did a similar thing during the 2008 Argentine government conflict with the agricultural sector, punching the rural productor Alejandro Gahan. When asked about it by Fernando Peña, he simply replied "Odio a la puta oligarquía" (Spanish: "I hate the fucking oligarchy").[4]

He is currently the main supporter of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. D'Elía maintains that Iran was not involved in the AMIA bombing, considering instead that the CIA and the MOSSAD (the intelligence agencies of the United States and Israel) try to incriminate Iran. Initially, Luis D'Elía and the national government had different views on the topic, in 2012 the government subscribed this idea as well.[5] In October 2012 he organized a "popular trial" of the Israeli policies towards Palestina at the National Library of the Argentine Republic. The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned it as a platform to promote hate speech.[6] The DAIA made a formal denounce of discrimination against Sergio Schoklender during the Schoklender scandal, as he made disdainful comments about him for being a Jew.[7] Sara Rus, an holocaust survivor, considers Luis D'elía an holocaust denier.[8] During a meeting at the At-Tauhid mosque to commemorate Quds Day, D'Elía boasted of his contacts with Hezbollah and said that, instead of thinking in the "two states for two peoples" solution for the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, there should be only "one people, one state".[9]

Luis D'Elía created a new political party, MILES.[10]


  1. ^ Lanata, min. 0:00-3:14
  2. ^ a b c Hernán Cappiello (May 10, 2012). "Procesan otra vez a D'Elía por tomar una comisaría" [D'elía in trialed again for occupying a commissariat] (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Lanata, min, 3:14-3:39
  4. ^ Lanata, min. 3:39-4:37
  5. ^ Lanata, min. 4:37-5:25
  6. ^ "SWC Protests Abuse of Argentine National Library as a Platform for Hate". Simon Wiesenthal Center. October 24, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Preocupación por nuevas declaraciones antisemitas de Luis D'Elía" [Concern about new antisemit proclamations of Luis D'elia] (in Spanish). Infobae. June 24, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Agencia judía de noticias (Spanish: Jewish News Agency) (October 25, 2012). "De repente para D`Elía ahora sí existe el Holocausto y la matanza de millones de judíos" [Suddenly, for D'elía the Holocaust and the killing of millions of jews do exist] (in Spanish). San Juan Digital. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "D'Elía y Esteche reivindicaron a la agrupación terrorista Hezbollah" [D'Elía and Esteche supported Hezbollah terrorist group] (in Spanish). La Nación. August 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Lanata, min. 5:25-5:30