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A linguistic smorgasbord of real-life Arabic texts

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How can I explain this? I felt it was my commitment . . I agreed to be the means through which the picketers could express themselves. I was the vehicle, but someone else could have been in my place. Cutral-co needed a person through which it could express itself. ’’ In 2001 Laura thinks and feels pretty much the same way she felt that night on tv and the nights and days she spent sleepless in the road: ‘‘Cutral-co struggled for its dignity, for the dignity that comes with a job. I wouldn’t change a word of what I said that night (on tv).

There was a radio that promoted the whole thing. It was like calling for a rally . . 36 CONTENTIOUS LIVES Many in Cutral-co agree that the impressive amount of resources mobilized during the first days of the pueblada can be traced back to the figure of Adolfo Grittini, who was waging a personal fight against his former ally and declared enemy Mayor Martinasso—a factionalism that, after the protest, escalated into a ‘‘festival of (mutual) bombings,’’ as the public prosecutor explains to me, referring to the bomb attacks that politicians launch against each other from January to March 1997.

A neighbor called saying that the people should show their discontent. We got a lot of phone calls, and we aired them. We talked to the people, and the people told us what to do. They were talking about getting together and 34 CONTENTIOUS LIVES jointly expressing [their opinions] . . Someone said that we should get together in the road’’ (quoted in Sanchez 1997, 9). All my interviewees mention those radio messages as central in their recollections, not only in terms of the ways in which the radio calls on people but also in terms of the way in which Radio Victoria portrays the cancellation of the fertilizer plant project.

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