Ice Tents and Steamed Pots: Without Dialogue with Authorities, Picketers Keep Camp on July 9

Ice Tents and Steamed Pots: Without Dialogue with Authorities, Picketers Keep Camp on July 9

The cold did not stop the thousands of demonstrators who came to the center of Buenos Aires demanding more help; The protest will be canceled this Friday, two days later, in front of the Ministry of Social Development

Camp 9 de Julio in front of the Ministry of Social Development
Camp 9 de Julio in front of the Ministry of Social Development

The midday sun sets at the corner of 9 de Julio and Belgrano, a few meters from the Ministry of Social Development. A temperature of 20 ° is a relief for those who spend the night in the open air, only in a tent shelter. “The truth is that I would not like to be here, but we have no other way, let’s go out and protest”Says Romina, a street vendor from La Matanza, as she queues to buy a coriander. Next to it, on the asphalt, there are still remnants of already extinguished fires.

Ს Do it now Even the cold of the night failed to persuade thousands of protesters who had come to downtown Buenos Aires to camp out demanding inflation and more social assistance.. The Piketero Camp, run by left-wing social organizations, is an unprecedented event in recent years. Not just because of the sheer number of participants. Also because of its duration: it started on Wednesday and will continue until this Friday afternoon.

A fire is made to heat food in the camp
A fire is made to heat food in the camp

The mobilized claim is unanimous: program funds Empowerment of work “it is not enough”. “16,000 pesos will not give you up,” said Marita, one of the beneficiaries of the government’s social policy, which, according to official figures, includes more. 1,200,000 people. Marita is housed in MST Teresa Vive and is paid to work four hours a day in a dining room that serves more than 400 people. They prefer to pay the IMF and not look at all the people here.He adds, pointing to the abundance of tents that run along the metrobus, which has been cut off from Av. Between De Mayo and San Juan.

A group of women very close to Marita have just arrived on the scene and are starting to argue over where to place them. “It’s fine here,” says one of them. Everyone else looks at him and brags. The second opens the blanket on which they begin to unfold the tent. This is a scene that is repeated at various points on Avenida 9 de Julio.

Cut and camp at 9 de Julio in front of the Ministry of Development.
Cut and camp at 9 de Julio in front of the Ministry of Development.

It happens that many people who camped on the first night left this Thursday morning after handing over the baton to another “companion”. A “substitute” system that leaders say prioritizes the needs of each. “We can not stop serving our dining rooms,” said Florence, who cooks and is in charge of one of the “popular pots” that protested.

The problem with the amount of food is daily, less and less goods are sent to us and only Jerba or Polenta, ”she said before the consultation. ᲔᲠᲘ. And it highlights the lack of product diversity, a claim that is repeated between organizations.

Camp in front of the Ministry of Social Development
Camp in front of the Ministry of Social Development

“1000 pesos became 100 pesos”For his part, he sues Mercedes, a tailor who lives in the Pompeii district of Buenos Aires. “The case is constantly growing and the Empower is only good for survival,” he added, with a group of boys playing football with an improvised ball made of paper.

Counterpoints

The camp, which ends this Friday, was the second to be held in March. This time, however, the number of participants far exceeded the previous two-week figure. This is one of the reasons why organizations need to guarantee access Chemical bathsWhich were located at the corners of Belgrano and Moreno respectively.

Chemical toilets in the camp at Avenida 9 de Julio
Chemical toilets in the camp at Avenida 9 de Julio

Last Monday, the Minister of Social Policy, John ZabaletaReceived key social leaders who lead the Picket unit. The results of this meeting had different interpretations: Before portfolio sources said that the submission of the Empower Work and Food Owners’ Empowerment Plan agreed upon, the reviewers of the organizations categorically denied this. They immediately called for a continuation of the “fight plan” that was put to a vote at a national plenary session in the Plaza de Mayo in the middle of last month.

The truth is that last summer escalated the conflict into a tense ring that Frente de Todos’s management knew how to deal with left-wing Piquette groups. And though The government recognizes that the decision to restrict the delivery of social programs will be related to what will happen during the economic reactivation., Argue that resources will be diverted to “creating real employment”. Leaders, however, insist they remain open to dialogue.

Source: La Nacion

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