Argentinian mass demonstrations against ‘Panamist’ president Macri


This video says about itself:

Argentina: Protesters demand ‘corrupt’ Macri’s resignation over Panama Papers

8 April 2016

Protesters marched on the Argentinian presidential residence of Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Thursday, demanding the resignation of recently elected president Mauricio Macri over his involvement in the Panama Papers scandal.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Anti-cuts demonstrations in Argentina rock Mauricio Macri’s government

Saturday 30th April 2016

WORKERS took to the streets in Argentina yesterday in protest marches against right-wing President Mauricio Macri’s campaign of job cuts.

The main demonstration took place in front of the Monument to Labour sculpture in the capital Buenos Aires, where up to 200,000 people were expected. Protests also took place in other provinces.

The protests were called by by the five main trade union federations in a remarkable show of unity.

Political parties, social movements and non-governmental organisations were also represented on the marches.

They have united not only to oppose job cuts but also against mounting poverty, soaring public utility bills, rampant inflation and the government’s neoliberal austerity policies.

In his first four months in power, Mr Macri has overseen the sackings of 127,000 public and private-sector workers, despite an election campaign promise to create more jobs.

His assault on the public sector has been ideologically driven, with the president claiming that civil servants are agents of “Kirchnerismo,” the social-democratic policies of 12 years of Justicialist Party government, first under the late Nestor Kirchner and then his wife Cristina Fernandez.

Unions have threatened a general strike if Mr Macri carries out his vow to veto a Bill recently passed by the National Congress placing a moratorium on both public and private-sector redundancies until December next year, a full two years into his term of office.

The provisions of the legislation, drafted by the opposition and trade unions, are backdated to March 1, meaning that all workers laid off from that date would be reinstated.

Following a meeting of the National Civil Personnel Union, trade union representatives issued a statement warning the president that they would call an indefinite strike in May if he vetoes the Bill.

Mr Macri has also capitulated to the US “vulture funds” which bought Argentinian sovereign debt bonds at a small fraction of their face value, then demanded repayment in full.

The recent Panama Papers leak exposed Mr Macri’s directorship of an offshore tax-haven shell company for the business empire of his billionaire father Francisco Macri.

Argentina: Macri Guts Human Rights Agency That Helped Find Stolen Children. May 9, 2016. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo said the elimination of the Human Rights Directorate was a “serious setback” for human rights: here.

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  14. Monday 10th October 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    President Mauricio Macri has led Argentina down neoliberialism’s disastrous path. PATRICK FOLEY says international supporters of progress must stand with its people as they battle against Macri’s rotten reforms

    IT IS 10 months to the day since President Mauricio Macri took office. Since his election in December, the Argentinian government has undergone a massive shift to the right with the implementation a vicious neoliberal agenda.

    Remarkably, the former mayor of Buenos Aires ran his campaign as a political outsider, despite holding office in the capital for eight years.

    Avoiding ideological rhetoric, he stated intentions of improving the quality of life in Argentina and continuing the positive aspects of the left-leaning Kirchner governments, while reviewing the policies that were not working.

    Once he assumed office, his deceptions were laid bare and he quickly set to work on implementing conservative policies that have seen thousands of job losses, skyrocketing inflation and prices, and mass protests in the streets.

    Macri’s early policies were the first signs of things to come: retention taxes on mining were scrapped, opening the door for transnational mining corporations; controls on price labelling were eliminated, causing private companies to raise food prices; and the elimination of the “Secretariat for family farm agriculture” has left Argentinian farmers with no platform to influence policy.

    However, the continued effects of the conservative agenda have been most evident with the number of layoffs across the country.

    Since December 2015, there have been 179,285 job losses, with nearly 40 per cent of these in the public sector. This is in direct contrast to Macri’s campaign promise that no state worker who was “actually” working would need to worry about losing their job. June alone saw 12,000 layoffs, with 2,448 from the public sector.

    When job losses were coupled with extreme price hikes for utilities, fears that the poorest would bear the brunt of the austerity campaign were confirmed.

    Rocketing utilities prices have been caused by the removal of household gas and electricity subsidies which Macri stated was necessary to conserve the expensive energy resources in Argentina.

    This “necessity” has raised electricity prices by 700 per cent, gas by 400 per cent and water up to 350 per cent in certain areas of the country. The lack of subsidies has made living unaffordable, so much so that the Supreme Court demanded the government justify the “social and economic aspects” of the 400 per cent gas price rise, criticising its claim that the increases were a “transitional adjustment.”

    Opposition to the government has taken many forms and with the weakening of the media reform law, journalists were out protesting in force, with members from the National Network for Alternative Media (RNMA) denouncing the government for attempting to “redirect a legal framework in favour of large media conglomerates.”

    The law itself was brought about during the Kirchner years to stop monopolisation of the press and to diversify the industry, giving more airwaves to community groups and smaller alternative media networks whilst breaking up the existing monopoly of private media firms.

    Media protests have continued throughout the year and as journalists were marching the streets denouncing Macri’s increasing censorship measures, notices were being served to regional news networks, Telesur and Russia Today removing any chance of an alternative voice to be heard in Argentina.

    The judicial system and the media have not been alone in their criticism and huge swathes of society have been forced to action.

    This neoliberalism in a hurry attitude has caused over 15 major marches in Macri’s first six months in office.

    Poverty has increased by 5.5 per cent, with a further 1.4 million people living in poverty.

    Inflation has also increased, as a result of price hikes, to a 13-year record high of 7-8.5 per cent. With results like these it is no surprise that protests are now set to continue over the public and private sector layoffs, price rises, spiralling inflation, media clampdowns, highway toll rises and more.

    Argentina is not an isolated case. The right wing has risen again in Latin America with recent coups in Honduras and Brazil and a resurgence in Venezuela.

    It is vital for the international supporters of social progress to offer their solidarity and support against the neoliberal agendas imposed on the region and expose the hypocrisy, deceit and discrimination which comes with it.

    Macri’s policies are failing by their own economic and social measures. How long will it be before the government takes notice?

    Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, the International Transport Workers Federation will speak on the latest developments at the After Chavez, the Empire Strikes Back in Latin America event in London on Saturday October 15. Register and info at http://bit.ly/vscagm

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-1845-Ten-months-of-Macris-rule-in-Argentina#.V_1jdcld3cM

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