Their wedding was called off, they went to support Cristina and got married in the Plaza de Mayo: “We were cheered”

Macarena and Rafael started dating in 2017 and three years later the pandemic was the perfect excuse to encourage them to live together. This test passed and the growth of love made the couple decide to take the next step: get married. The young woman from Bragado and the man from Buenos Aires registered at the Civil Registry for September 2, 2022, but their plans were overshadowed by the national holiday marked by the assassination attempt on Christina Kirchner. Far from getting angry or protesting, Macarena and Rafael revived their fighting spirit and used the energy prepared for the unfolding of their love to support the vice president.

The couple talks to The Disclosure Network for the viral video of their symbolic marriage celebration in the Plaza de Mayo on the day they were supposed to be at the Civil Registry. “When all this happened, which was terrible, we went directly to Christina’s house. There we found out that we are not going to get married,” commented the social psychologist and emphasized that all the guests from Braga at the event still decided to travel to Buenos Aires to defend democracy. The young people already had nerves caused by the proximity of the “Yes, I want” moment, when Fernando Sabac Montiel fired a loaded gun with Cristina in his sights at the door of his home in Buenos Aires. “We couldn’t believe it, we didn’t understand anything,” Rafael said of the moment they found out about the attempted attack on CFK last week.

Rafael and Macarena’s phones rang with confirmation that their marriage would not take place on September 2, so they agreed on a new date with the Civil Registry. “On Friday the 9th at 11 we got married. Although we have already been married several times (laughs),” Rafael revealed.

Macarena and Raphael They said “yes, I do” to their love for Christina and for democracy and went with their relatives to the procession, where they had an unexpected experience: “My sister Maytena, who is the witness who will speak in the civil court, said “no, it doesn’t matter , I will marry you here’ and suddenly shouted to everyone that we are getting married that day. People started paying attention to us, looking at us, and she married us,” the young woman said, adding that the rings used were handmade by her sister and brother-in-law.

Rafael was sticking to the belligerent stereotype and was waiting in line to try choripan when this situation arose and he was surprised by people’s reaction to the event in which he himself was the main character. “I think the same thing happened to them as it did to us: you don’t know how to feel about everything that’s going on. It was good to see so many people; you feel good because you see that there are good faces and on the other hand, shit, it’s a crazy moment,” said the industrial engineer. “That grief we felt was neutralized because it was really exciting how they approached us, greeted us, applauded us. Love conquers hate, and there we feel it more in our own flesh than ever,” Macarena added.

Today, they remember that moment with gratitude, but Rafa and Maka did not experience the exposure generated by Maitena from the very beginning of the demonstration with this feeling. “At first I told Mai not to shout, ‘Stop, stop, stop,’ but when she started, people got hooked. I was a bit embarrassed (laughs),” admitted the young man.

The militant story of Rafa and Maka

bruising He came to Buenos Aires from his native Bragado twelve years ago when he finished school. “A year later I joined La Cámpora because I wanted to help teach remedial classes. I started going to political meetings and that’s where I started to be a soldier,” said the young woman, who has worked with Peronist leader Carlos Kunkel since 2011. “Having such an important endorsement so close and with so much commitment made me feel more committed to myself. There were twists and turns, but always struggling or trying to be.’

Rafa’s relationship with the world of politics has deep and painful roots: “I am the son of a political prisoner. My father was in prison for eight years. He fell into democracy and left in 1982. His love, his ideals and his things were instilled in us and I think they will always remain.” The young man’s militancy emerged when he went to school and was part of the student union. “I’ve never been very militant and I’ve devoted myself to working in the private sector. But my ideals are always there and it’s very nice to wake them up, to have them close.”

How did the initiative to get married go?

“There was no proposal from any side, it was by mutual agreement. For a long time, we planned for September 2nd to be the civil ceremony and the party on the 3rd,” said Macarena and specified that the festive ceremony took place on the agreed the only thing left to seal the couple’s love is to go through the Civil Registry.

For better and for worse

“These things call to us and we will always support as we did last week. We are not only in the bad times, but also in the good: in 2019, we went to celebrate when we won. That was exciting,” reflects Macarenadriven by the political and social spirit awakened by Peronism.

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