Argentina: ‘Great Federal March’ Against Macri to Descend on Buenos Aires

Source:  TeleSUR
September 2 2016

According to the local Observatory for Social Debt, some 1.4 million people have newly become poor since the beginning of the conservative government’s term.

Demonstrators want to see an end to President Macri’s neoliberal policies that have resulted in mass layoffs and spikes in the cost of living.

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Thousands of workers and activists take part in the Great Federal March in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina, September 1, 2016. | Photo: CTA

Thousands of Argentines representing labor unions, political parties and social movements will descend on the capital of Buenos Aires Friday in the culmination of a massive mobilization against the right-wing policies of President Mauricio Macri in what has been called the Great Federal March.

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Strike by teachers

The protest began Wednesday with a strike by teachers and rallies have taken place throughout the country, covering five main routes from various cities headed toward Buenos Aires.

Demonstrators will converge on the capital, where they are expected to be joined by thousands more demonstrators.

Mass layoffs, dramatic utility price hikes

The protest seeks to put an end to mass layoffs, dramatic utility price hikes, and other neoliberal policies implemented by Macri.

The nationwide demonstration is modeled on a 1994 action in which tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into Buenos Aires to protest the abrupt shift to neoliberal macroeconomic policies engineered by then-President Carlos Menem.

Rising poverty and inequality

“Every day there are more poor people, every day there is more hunger, every day there are more workers who lose their jobs,” said Hugo Yasky, head of the more than 1.4 million-strong Central Workers’ Union, during a rally in Cordoba on Thursday.

“The adjustment is defeated in the street, in unity, fighting, building resistance every day,” added Yasky.

The national action comes as human rights organizations and social movements have raised alarm over rising poverty and inequality amid an ongoing wave of mass layoffs that has caused over 179,000 people to lose their jobs in both the public and private sectors since Macri took office in December.

According to the local Observatory for Social Debt, some 1.4 million people have newly become poor since the beginning of the conservative government’s term.

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