What is Escrache?
The colloquial term of the countries of Argentina and Uruguay is known as escrache, which according to the Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (DRAE) is to break, destroy, crush or, photograph, portray an individual .
Now, from the 90s, in Argentina, this term began to be used based on another meaning to refer to a popular demonstration against a public person, in front of their home, or some other public place where the denounced person, with the aim of accusing them for carrying out serious crimes or acts of corruption.
As such, it can be said that escrache is a Fundamental Right of a Social and Democratic State of Law, which for many individuals is the only means in which they can express their ideas and claims. Likewise, defend your rights and interests.
Taking into account the above and, all the inconvenience caused by the escrache due to the traffic cut, signs, public address system, cacerolazos, canticos and, other noises, there are different opinions about this act, among which some support the escrache as long as violence and harassment are not witnessed as it is seen as the only way for the people to express their ideas and requests.
For others, it is a detestable method, it is seen as an act of authoritarianism or violence that goes against the morals of individuals or institutions. In conclusion, for those who reject this act it is seen as a crime for intimidating the home of a person or their relatives.
As for its origin, there is no clear idea since it could be in the English term “scratch” (scratch), in Genoese “scraccé” (photography, portrait), in Italian “schiacciare” (crush) or in French “écraser ” (crush, destroy).
Taking into account the meaning of the word, escrache is not only seen in the countries of Spain and Argentina, demonstrations are observed or as they are called “escrache”, in other countries such as: Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, among others, public acts are carried out to fight against the regime.
Escrache in Argentina
The term became popular in the 90s, in Argentina, to refer to the demonstrations organized by the human rights group HIJOS, in front of the homes of those accused of crimes committed during the dictatorship that had later been released by the pardon granted by Carlos Menem.
Escrache in Spain
Its use has spread to other countries such as: Spain. The escrache has been used by Spain by the organization Platform of People Affected by the Mortgage, to express its rejection before the leaders who did not support the Popular Legislative Initiative presented by the organization that defends Human Rights, with more than a million signatures.