BUENOS AIRES – Thousands of people gathered on Tuesday in Argentina’s Congressional Plaza to reject the proposed 2019 budget, which critics say signifies more hunger and more poverty for the neediest sectors.
“The government’s policies need a change of direction. We hope they will listen to us because, from utility rate hikes to the poverty and hunger, they’re making us suffer more every day,” Dina Sanchez, representative of the Dario Santillan Popular Front and one of the protest organizers, told EFE.
For the angry gathering, the proposed budget, drawn up after the government agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a $57 billion loan, can only mean more austerity.
Protesters held up signs with slogans such as “Hunger no” and “Down with the IMF budget!”
Demonstrators demanded the urgent approval of a food-emergency law.
Juan Carlos Alderete, national coordinator of the CCC political and trade union group, insisted on the need for a change of policy.
The policies of the conservative government of President Mauricio Macri “not only harm those who are out of work and those working in the popular economy, it’s destroying the nation’s industry,” he said.
Soup kitchens and tents have been installed for protesters who wish to camp out all night in front of Congress.
Also expected is that the moment the session in the lower house begins this Wednesday, an even more massive march will begin.