Warning: This article contains swearing
BEIRUT, LEBANON (02:09 P.M.) – Yesterday, the second major march by the Peronist Union against Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri’s government policies was held, with Al-Masdar’s very own Daniela Obreque in attendance at a protest in Cipolletti, in Argentina’s Patagonia.
Approximately 500,000 people took part in the protests across the country, representing on of the biggest in history by a labour movement in the country since the return of democracy to Argentina in 1983.
This massive mobilization was part of a 48-hour national strike which started with a 50,000 strong teacher’s demonstration on Monday, with demands being made for a decent salary, in accordance to the high levels of inflation in the economically struggling country.
The CGT Labor Federation leaders – Hector Daer, Juan Carlos Schmid and Carlos Acuña- were expected to speak to the hundreds of thousands of people at 4 p.m. local time, but the speeches started an hour before convened and with speeches delivered by the Union leaders shorter than estimated. Guilds, social organizations and political parties were expecting an announcement of a general strike by the Union leaders, but the leaders just vaguely confirmed that there would be a strike by the end of March or the beginning of April.
This fact outraged the attendees who booed them and started to chant: “Poné la fecha, la puta que te parió” (Set the date, motherfucker).
— E l a (@Daddo_Aub) March 7, 2017
The leaders could feel people’s anger and one of them, Schmid, even got confused in his speech, stating: “The date is already set, if the Government does not rectify its measures, on the first days of April there will be a 24-hour strike,” said Hector Daer, the leader in charge of closing the act.
Daer, was not able to deliver his full speech as people got closer to the stage in an attempt to take it. The leaders of the Union had to step down the stage and be guarded to the headquarters of the commerce guild with the cry of “traitors”, “set the date” and “general strike” coming from the angry attendees who chased off the leaders as they ran to safety.
— Paul Antonopoulos (@oulosP) March 8, 2017