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Another protest? Really?! It’s hard to go more than a couple of days in Buenos Aires without running into some kind of political demonstration. The causes vary — energy costs, workers’ rights or gender equality, but their presence has become an almost ubiquitous part of life for those living in Argentina’s capital city and the surrounding province.

In fact, the Buenos Aires province racked up 158 picketing events last month, equating to five protests per day. This figure has jumped from last year’s going average of 2.5 protests per day.  

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According to Clarín the hot-spots for roadblocks are 9 de Julio, 600 Alem Avenue, Diagonal Norte, the intersection of Rivadavia and Callao, along with the intersection of Corrientes and Callao, with statistics showing the south of the city as hosting most of the protests. The University of Buenos Aires is also an active spot, with its tens of thousands of students and flair for political activism.

“The government doesn’t want to solve the problem, despite it being a campaign promise” said political scientist Patricio Giusto.

The social media weigh in

“Buenos Aires is becoming a danger zone with all these protests @mauriciomacri, it is time to react and act”

“According to journalism – it is ‘hard to live in Buenos Aires’ due to the pickets, not because of the hikes in transportation, services or the price of [the standard] food basket”