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Suspicion, accusations along with mourning after Argentine railway accident

(Xinhua)

14:41, February 24, 2012

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- As Thursday marks the first of two national days of mourning for the victims of Wednesday's railway accident, Argentinians are not only mourning, but also questioning and pointing fingers.

The pain caused by the accident is being felt in every corner of the country, while the tragedy itself has become fodder for a social debate that may have a negative impact on the administration of President Cristina Fernandez.

General Director of Institutional Relations of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Claudio Avruj, said 12 unidentified people are still in public hospitals.

Both words and images broadcast from outside the public hospitals Durand, Ramos Mejia and Pirovano convey the despair of those who don't know the whereabouts of their relatives and loved ones.

However, for other Argentinians, life as such remains unaffected as the two-day national mourning designated by the government means that only official institutions are flying their flags at half-mast.

The social debate surrounding the tragedy doesn't stop short of bitter accusations that the Fernandez administration has offered heavy subsidies to the transportation sector while not offering enough regulatory oversight.

After long hours of silence, the government only issued a one-paragraph statement in which Fernandez expressed her condolences to the relatives of the victims.

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