If, for some unjustifiable reason, you still believe Downtown Buenos Aires is a pleasure to drive through, then today might just be one of those days in which you get a reality check.
Members of several social activist groups, among them Barrios de Pie and Corriente Clasista y Combativa, will be congregating today in the city’s epicenter. At 7am, traffic was already being partially blocked on two main avenues, Callao and Corrientes, as they insist on capturing the government’s attention.
Yet it doesn’t stop there. At around 7pm today -peak rush hour- both groups will resume their picketing around the city’s most popular monument in downtown BA, the Obelisco.
Smaller, less city-paralyzing partial street cuts are to also take place throughout the day on both bridges Pueyrredón and La Noria, the Panamericana highway, Route 197, the city’s Oeste access and the Buenos Aires-La Plata Highway.
The protest’s aim is no other than to gather 1000 signatures to petition the government to declare a Food Emergency as they argue that, when it comes to children attending soup kitchens in the Buenos Aires province, the provincial government there is only spending AR $13 per serving and this makes their diet “very deficient.”
The national coordinator of the Barrios de Pie social organization said that there are close to 1,000 soup kitchens in the province serving close to 50,000 children and assured that, after conducting a recent survey, they discovered that 43 percent of them are malnourished.
Through the march, these activist members wish to bring Congress’ attention to the Federal Council, an official survey focused on detecting the number of people suffering from malnutrition.
These social organizations are also demanding for higher salaries that can help the population get out of hunger and poverty. Logically, the best way to request a higher salary is by not going to work at all, and bonus points for preventing others from reaching their jobs too.
Meanwhile, a representative from one of the organizations featured on television today said he did not see any harm coming out of these street disruptions. “We expect that this type of protest, which does not disturb traffic or creates any complications, be translated into genuine channels for dialogue with the government so that we can solve the problems of those who don’t have their basic needs met”.
Might as well call in sick today and enjoy an ice-cold Tap beer on Friend’s Day.