- Title: Argentines protest new Fernandez government and economic measures
- Date: 19th December 2019
- Summary: VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS CHEERING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, MIGUEL MASA, SAYING: "The president of the nation said on December 10 of this year that if we don't like something about him we can go out in the street. Here are the people on the street Mr. President and we are asking for seriousness. Seriousness. Enough with Maduro, enough with the Bolivian (in reference to Evo Morales) because we don't want to keep these types of people anymore. " VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING SIGN READING (Spanish) "GET OUT CORRUPT ONES" (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, ALICIA NOBEL, SAYING: "They (government) take away all our rights because this girl (Cristina Fernandez, Argentine Vice President) who is the one that really rules is corrupt. They came in for their immunity (from prosecution) and they don't care about anything. They came for revenge, they don't care about anything and they will provoke whatever is necessary for them to perpetuate themselves in power with impunity." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING DEMONSTRATOR BANGING POT SIGN THAT READS (Spanish) "GET OUT, EVO MORALES. UNGRATEFUL PERSON" GENERAL VIEW OF DEMONSTRATORS WAVING ARGENTINE FLAGS DEMONSTRATOR BANGING POT VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING
- Embargoed: 2nd January 2020 01:12
- Keywords: Argentina Buenos Aires President Alberto Fernandez crisis protest
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003BAI8LDZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Some 2,000 people protested this Wednesday (December 18) outside the Argentina Congress to reject the economic measures recently announced by the president of the South American nation, Alberto Fernandez.
With flags, pots and slogans, protesters gathered in the afternoon at the capitol building, while lawmakers debated the economic emergency law.
Fernandez's administration has already announced plans to hike taxes on farm products, Argentina's main export, and to bring back a so-called "tourist tax" on overseas expenditure. It will also cut drug prices in agreement with industry.
Fernandez, who took office last week after beating conservative Mauricio Macri in an October ballot, is grappling with annual inflation close to 55% and an economy that is expected to contract for a third straight year in 2020.
(Production: Miguel Lo Bianco, Claudia Martini)
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