BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:07 P.M.) – Thousands of people flooded Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on Thursday, in a protest organised by Argentina’s CTA union. The union announced that a one-day general strike will take place on April 6.
Protesters, estimated to be around 150,000 people, who ranged from striking union members from CTA to supporters of peronist organistions La Campora and Movimiento Villero, marched through the city from Avenida Presidente Julio Argentino Roca to Plaza de Mayo.
The CTA called for a general strike to stand up against skyrocketing consumer prices, shrinking subsidies, and job cuts.
Since gaining power in December 2015, Argentine President Macri has instituted a policy of austerity and taken actions to devalue the peso resulting in inflation and job losses. More than 150,000 workers lost their jobs from the beginning of 2016.