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G20: Government Authorizes Anti-Summit Protests on Friday

Government approve anti-summit march route if protestors abide by the rules

By | [email protected] | November 29, 2018 10:35am

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After two meetings between the Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Security, Gerardo Milman, and the social organizations planning to demonstrate against the G20 and the IMF on Friday, the national government authorized the route for the march that is expected to attract thousands of people to downtown Buenos Aires.

Milman decided to authorize a protesters’ march scheduled to take place on Friday, November 30th and start on 9 de Julio and San Juan. People are expected to march towards Avenida de Mayo, where they will turn left towards Plaza de los Dos Congresos, in front of Congress.

During a meeting held at the Servicio Paz y Justicia (SERPAJ) headquarters, headed by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, and alongside Gerardo Milman, the board listened to a score of organizations related to the so-called G20 anti-summit and agreed on the need for protest demonstrations to be done in a peaceful manner.

There was also no full agreement regarding the guarantee given to the organizers in the case that people were hooded and with sticks in the marches. “We cannot give guarantees that all protesters want to go as they please,” one of the leaders of the anti-globalization social movements explained.

Milman in his report after the meetings expressed that they have asked them to march “with no covered faces” and “without items or objects that have the violent connotations”. He went on to say that they would, “Ensure the security of the World Leaders and  act as if they were their own whilst protecting the citizens from any acts of violence”.

The protest marches will take place just a few days before the IMF Chairwoman Christine Lagarde is set to meet with Argentine President, Mauricio Macri. This year IMF loaned Argentina the largest monetary sum recorded in the fund’s history with US $57 billion.

Most Argentines blame the international lending institution for encouraging policies that led to the country’s worst economic crisis in 2001.