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Nearly 120 researchers for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Conicet) occupied the Ministry of Science and Technology beginning on Tuesday in order to protest the layoff of nearly 500 researchers.

“We continue with the occupation because the authorities have not yet opened dialogue. The agreement that they offered had nothing to do with what they promised last December in order to pacify our protest,” Mercedes García Carrillo, from Jóvenes Científicos Precarizados (JCP), told Pagina 12.

As Perfil reported, the protesters hope to place those who lost their jobs in new positions at universities around the country. In December 2016, a group of researchers protested in a similar manner for five days, asking for laid off professionals to be hired again. The protests have returned because this group has not yet achieved its goals.

Alan Szlai, an intern at the Conicet and a member of the JCP denounced the government’s lack of response to the “two basic points that were contemplated in the agreement signed in December” related to the continuity of the researchers’ jobs.