After three weeks of relative calm, community organizations have taken to the streets again in protest. This time, Barrios de Pie and other groups began protesting at 9 AM, blocking multiple important intersections within the City. They also set up soup kitchens handing out food in Retiro, Congreso and Puente Pueyrredón, which will also be blocked off to car and bus traffic.
Some protesters will march to the Obelisco, while others will make their way to Callao and Corrientes, arguably the favorite intersection for those who resort to this method to make their grievances more visible. There, they will hold an assembly and then proceed to set up tents. You know the drill, if you have to go to that part of town, don’t. But if you really have to go, have that Spotify meditation playlist ready, it will take you a pretty long time to get there today.
Organizations are protesting against a government decision which, according to protestors, will cut 20,000 people from a social program called “Building Employment.” Some of the previously eligible beneficiaries will stop receiving their AR $4,000 monthly salary from the program once these cuts are made.
“We’ll hold an assembly at the Obelisco at noon. I hope the government goes back on this decision. Evidently, they are making decisions and if they end up happening, they happen, but I hope the [plan] can be reconsidered,” said Barrios de Pie leader, Daniel Menéndez, in an interview with Radio con Vos.
Government representatives didn’t deny their intention to cut people from the program, but said the number of people affected will be 7,000.
At the same time, the protest intends to have the government speed up the implementation of the so called “Social Emergency Law,” which Congress passed at the end of last year. The measure will allocate AR $30 billion to tackle the needs of the most vulnerable sectors of society over the next three years.
Protesters are pushing for the government to begin implementing the Social Emergency Law as soon as possible so that the people who will be cut from the “Building Employment” program could begin receiving support should they need it.