The social organizations and leftist political groups that held a protest this Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Social Development, they began to march around 11 o’clock towards the Ministry of Labor, on Leandro N. Alem Avenue at 600, to join another similar demonstration in the place, within the framework of the negotiations of the Minimum, Vital and Mobile Salary Council (CSMVM) and against the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ).
Both protests generated a huge traffic chaos in the areawhich also caused all traffic to and from the center of the capital to be diverted towards Entre Ríos, Callao and Córdoba avenues and Paseo Colón, in the lower part of Buenos Aires.
While, a third protest, led by the head of the Independent Movement of Retired and Unemployed (MIJD) Raúl Castells, is recorded at the foot of the Pueyrredón Bridge, in the Buenos Aires locality of Avellaneda.
Likewise, one of the fractions of the PO, the Polo Obrero/Tendencia, also mobilized to the Pueyrredón and Saavedra bridges and to Acceso Oeste, Liniers height, with similar demands.
“We have already held an assembly where we analyze the continuity of the plan of struggle and now we are going to march to the Ministry of Labor to demand from the Salary Council a minimum salary equal to the family basket,” spokesmen for the protesters who remained on the avenue told the press. 9 de Julio and its intersection with Belgrano and Moreno avenues.
For more than 18 hours, the largest protest has been concentrated on 9 de Julio Avenue, from Belgranowhere Social Development is located, to the vicinity of San Juan Avenue, where militants from the Polo Obrero and other left-wing organizations are found, in a framework of a plan to fight “for decent wages and against negotiations with the IMF.”
The demonstrators spent the night in the place with tents and from 11 they march towards the headquarters of the Ministry of Labor, where this afternoon the members of the Minimum, Vital and Mobile Salary Council (CSMVM) will meet.
Meanwhile, another group from the Front of Organizations in Struggle (FOL) has been at the gates of the labor portfolio since yesterday, camped overnight and will remain today, awaiting the result of the Council that will define a new asset. minimum, as well as in rejection of the agreement with the IMF.
The largest demonstration began to gather on Tuesday afternoon in the vicinity of the intersection of 9 de Julio and Belgrano avenues, and also mobilizations were registered in several provinces of the countryaccording to Eduardo Belliboni, a referent from Buenos Aires for the Polo Obrero.
During the afternoon of Tuesday, the leaders of the organizations requested a meeting with the Minister of Social Development, Juan Zabaleta, but sources from that ministry told Télam that the leaders would not be received while the blockade of streets continued.
However, official sources clarified that “there is a team that is in dialogue with those who mobilized” and that, in fact, “constantly dialogues with social organizations, churches and NGOs.”
“This ministry has already shown on several occasions that it is not necessary to block the street to sit at a table to talk and find solutions,” Social Development stressed and warned that the ministry “offered the protesters a meeting with Vice Minister Gustavo Aguilera and the organizations said no.
Among the demonstrators in the two protests are various organizations, including the Unidad Piquetera bloc such as the Teresa Rodríguez Movement (MTR); MTR- We Vote to Fight; CUBa-MTR; National Piquetero Bloc; the Armando Conciencia Group; MTR April 12; Resistance Front; the Liberation Territorial Movement (MTL) and the Polo Obrero (PO).
Also present are leaders of the Barrios de Pie/Libres del Sur Movement; Coordinator for Social Change; the MST Teresa Lives; the Front of Organizations in Struggle (FOL); the Movement of the Peoples and factions of the Darío Santillán Popular Front.
Meanwhile, in Mar del Plata, about 2,000 members of social organizations also camped out overnight and held the protest today in the center of the city.
“We are in the framework of a nationwide protest and in this city we are seven social organizations that have been demonstrating since yesterday afternoon when we came a few meters from the Ministry of National Labor and decided to camp,” the Polo Obrero referent told Télam, Walter Orozco.