This Saturday, protesters will gather in front of the US embassy in Buenos Aires for the first anniversary of the Women’s March. Last year, millions marched in 161 cities across all seven continents, demonstrating solidarity for the rights of women, workers, people of color, immigrants, among others with marginalized identities who felt left more vulnerable after President Donald Trump (and his highly controversial tweets) had taken office.
One year later, marches are being organized around the world, including in Buenos Aires.
Yesterday, the US embassy sent an email to all Americans who registered their travel to Argentina, warning them for their safety. The email said to avoid where the demonstration will be taking place (Palermo) in the late afternoon and evening hours, even though last year’s marches were lauded for their nonviolence.
Currently, the women’s movement is facing some challenges, as many argue that the marches are divided because focuses have shifted. Last year, protesters were united in their anti-Trump sentiment, but now, after one year in office, different priorities seem to have emerged.
The Buenos Aires march Facebook event description makes clear that this movement extends beyond borders and is no longer just a protest against the US president. “We invite you to participate in the second edition of the Women’s March Buenos Aires on January 21 at 3 PM in front of the US embassy,” it reads. In addition to this, the event establishes that they will also be marching for the release of the Palestinian young woman Ahed Tamimi, who in case you didn’t know, is a 16 year old girl who was recently arrested by the Israeli Defense Forces for assaulting a soldier.
A video shows Ahed Tamimi kicking, slapping and provoking two soldiers, while they remain still. Days later, she was arrested in a night-time raid, according to the BBC. The issue is divisive, as many see Tamimi as a young hero, fighting Israeli occupation, while others see her as inciting violence and spreading anti-Israeli propaganda, and its inclusion in tomorrow’s march may spar controversy in Argentina.
“We are fighting for the liberty of Ahed and all of the Palestinian boys and girls imprisoned in Israel,” Saralegui told The Bubble. In addition to this and on a more local note, Saralegui also stated that the liberation of Milagro Sala and Luis D’elia will also be sought by the movement.
While last year’s march was more spontaneous, with global marches rising organically, this year’s Women’s March is far more organized. The anniversary marches are being publicized by the centralized group, with a website dedicated to the global movement.
Whether you’ll participate or not, it seems as though Palermo will be a busy area on Saturday, so if you were thinking of just taking a stroll, maybe think of rescheduling. Otherwise, feel free to join the movement and stand by all the women (and men) aiming to not just see a change, but be the change.