- Title: Argentines take to the streets demanding food, pay raise as economy reels
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AUGUST 28, 2019) (REUTERS) HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED PROTESTERS MARCHING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS PLAYING THE DRUMS IMAGE ON DRUM OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ALBERTO FERNANDEZ (RIGHT) AND HIS RUNNING MATE CRISTINA FERNANDEZ VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS EATING FOOD GIVEN OUT AT PROTEST VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING ON THE STREET PLACARDS WITH ANTI-GOVERNMENT MESSAGES PROTESTERS MARCHING WITH BANNERS FROM DIFFERENT POLITICAL GROUPS BANNER THAT READS (Spanish) "OUT WITH MACRI" PROTESTER HOLDING BANNER THAT CORRESPONDS WITH POLITICAL GROUP (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNEMPLOYED PROTESTER, ESTELA ARGENTINA FERNANDEZ, SAYING: "For work, as I said, you can't. My husband is self-employed also, he does manual labour as you can imagine. When he built pools he was doing about 20, 30 pools per year. Now he doesn't have any, not one. We're in bad shape." PLACARD THAT READS (Spanish) "STOP WITH THE HUNGER AND THE ROBBERY #MACRIBYE" PLACARD THAT READS (Spanish) "WE CAN'T HANDLE IT ANYMORE. EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY" PROTESTERS PROTESTER EATING PROTESTERS SEATED AT GATHERING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED BANNER THAT FEATURES IMAGES OF FORMER FIRST LADY EVA PERON (LEFT) AND REVOLUTIONARY FIGURE CHE GUEVARA (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) TRADE UNION MEMBER, MARISA MUNOZ, SAYING: "There is zero employment opportunity. Our children aren't in good shape, some have finished high school and because they live in the slums they are not recruited. They let their education fall to the side and they (children) call us. We have no other option. We are very aware of the work that we do, we hold it all together so that things don't fall apart like it did in 2001 (debt default). Don't let it be our kids that have to die again for a new Argentina." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE OUT ON STREET SIGN AT CURRENCY EXCHANGE CENTRE SHOWING EXCHANGE RATE BETWEEN ARGENTINE PESOS AND THE U.S. DOLLAR PEOPLE IN SUPERMARKET OIL ON SHELF PRICE TAG ON SHELF VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS AT CHECK OUT
- Embargoed: 11th September 2019 20:44
- Keywords: Argentina protest Buenos Aires economy
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AU4WI87
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hundreds of protesters marched in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (August 28) to call for economic relief in the debt-ravaged Latin American country.
Argentina's peso has been weak since a shock primary election result this month, when centre-left Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez trounced centre-right Macri, in what was widely seen as a referendum on the government's seeking of a loan from the International Monetary Fund and austerity measures it took as a condition for the loan.
Many of those protesting on Thursday are Fernandez supporters, believing the centre-left candidate will turn around the debt-burdened economy.
Macri has enacted a series of emergency economic measures, including cuts in food and personal income taxes, aimed at helping families stung by Argentina's recession and 55% inflation rate. But many of his critics have not been won over.
Fernandez is now the clear front-runner ahead of the Oct. 27 presidential election.
(Production: Horacio Soria, Claudia Martini)
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