Image from the beating of Sergio Berni beside an image of Homer Simpson being punched in the face.

La Golpiza A Sergio Berni / The Beating Of Sergio Berni

Updated Apr 05, 2023 at 08:08AM EDT by Rebecca Rhodes.

Added Apr 04, 2023 at 03:10PM EDT by Mateus.

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The Beating Of Sergio Berni refers to an attack on the Security Minister of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sergio Berni, in April 2023. The politician was beaten with blows, kicks and stones by a group of bus drivers enraged by the death of one of their colleagues in a robbery that took place in the early hours of the same day. The moment of the beating trended on social with the term in Spanish La Golpiza A Sergio Berni, inspiring Photoshopped images, memes and other media formats mocking the politician and the surrounding incident.


On April 3rd, 2023, a conflict occurred between a number of enraged bus drivers and Buenos Aries, Argentina's Security Minister Sergio Berni. The workers were protesting the murder of a colleague during an assault. Berni, who was accompanied by security guards, had appeared at the place where bus drivers were protesting against insecurity[2] in the La Matanza area of ​​Buenos Aires. Allegedly, he tried to talk with the workers, but as soon as he arrived, he was greeted with insults and the situation intensified quickly, leading to punches against Berni, who was injured in the face. On April 4th, 2023, the Twitter account of the international news agency @reuters[1] shared a video of the bus drivers beating up Berni. The video (seen below) garnered 63,800 views and 389 likes in a day (warning, graphic content).

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On social media, memes and reactions circulated regarding the violent episode where Security Minister Sergio Berni was attacked. For example, Twitter[3] user @RocheAndRoll said that The Simpsons predicted this fight, posting side-by-side images of the Minister being punched and Homer in a ring. The tweet received 1,942 likes and 137 retweets in a day (seen below).

Vía Szeta Apr 3, 2023 @mauroszeta. Follow LA PIÑA -El momento exacto en el que atacaron a Sergio Berni -El ministro de Seguridad fue golpeado por choferes cuando llegó al piquete que realizaban colegas y amigos de Daniel Barrientos, el conductor asesinado esta madrugada por delincuentes. B Pablo Roccella @RocheAndRoll. Follow Los Simpsons lo predijeron IVK 1:21 PM - Apr 3, 2023 1.9K PUTERIO of SUDAD Reply ↑ Share PUTERIO of SUMIDAD **

Another tweet, posted on April 3rd by Twitter[4] user @guille_rp24, showed how the most gentle bus driver worker treated Berni during the protest. The video (seen below) received 29,200 views and 1,376 likes in a day.

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