Protest action against Macri in Argentina

Sunday, 28 August, 2016 - 12:30

The Argentine human rights organization Mothers of Plaza de Mayo organized a 24-hour sit-in titled "March of Resistance" against the government of Mauricio Macri that ended on Saturday afternoon with the support of thousands in the capital city of Buenos Aires.

The head of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Hebe de Bonafini, and Maximo Kirchner, son of Nestor and Cristina Kirchner, former leftist presidents of Argentina, participated in the closing of the event.

"Since Macri came to power, once again I thought we would need several marches after 12 years of happiness," said Bonafini, referring to the years the Kirchners were in office.

The mobilization began on Friday afternoon outside the government's headquarters known as Casa Rosada. Supporters protested against rising unemplyment rates in the country and used the slogan, "For the right to work, resist without rest. Cristina leading."

The National Institute of Statistics and Census of Argentina released a report earlier this month, confirming the unemployment rate has climbed to 9.3 percent in the second quarter of 2016 while more than a million people have been made unemployed. In the third quarter of 2015, the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.

The so-called "March of Resistance" began during the military dictatorship in 1981 and continues to demand justice for the thousands of babies who were kidnapped by police.