Instead of partying or traveling for Carnaval, the Tendencia Piquetera Revolucionaria (TPR), a far-left political party in Buenos Aires was hard at work at their annual retreat in the Los Robles ecological reserve: reading Marxist literature in the grass, watching footage from their events in 2017, talking about the future of their organization, and sporadically breaking into chants of “Fuera Macri!”
TPR is one of the anti-imperialist groups in Argentina opposing the Macri administration. They help support a variety of social causes including furthering the rights of indigenous peoples, workers, and women. A large part of their work revolves around holding rallies and marches throughout the country to bring attention to a wide range of issues. For example, the Women’s March on January 20th was organized by members of TPR, as was a demonstration in Rio Turbio to protest layoffs at the Rio Turbio mine.
The group’s members are comprised by residents of Buenos Aires (both in the city and province), Neuquen, and Tucumán, coming from a mix of students, banking employees, doctors, and judicial/state workers, both male and female. Among other causes, the group focuses heavily on furthering women’s rights, choosing for example last weekend to spend several hours working together in feminism workshops.
With the new year already well under way, the group has plenty to prepare for, including next month’s massive Women’s March planned for the 8th of March. It’s long weekends like this that give the TPR a moment to step back from their demonstrations and reorganize for the work ahead of them.