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Classics The Argentines en masse in the street against an agreement with the IMF

04:10  12 december  2021
04:10  12 december  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Manifestation à Buenos Aires contre un accord avec le FMI sur la dette argentine, le 11 décembre 2021 © Alejandro Pagni Manifestation in Buenos Aires Against an agreement with the IMF on the Argentine debt, December 11, 2021

Tens of thousands of Argentines demonstrated Saturday Against the debt renegotiation that their government attempts to obtain from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a perspective awakening the haunting of the social case associated with the adjustment plans of the past.

"No to an agreement with the IMF", "Debt is towards the people, not the IMF", "Paying debt is an adjustment". Saturday at the end of the day, banners, slogans and songs of the radical left organizations, students, unions, have invaded the Plaza de Mayo, historical theater of the joys and anger of the country, at the foot of Casa Rosada, the presidential palace.

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Manifestation contre un accord avec le FMI, le 11 décembre 2021 à Buenos Aires © Alejandro Pagni Demonstration against an agreement with the IMF, December 11, 2021 in Buenos Aires

Between fanfares, smoke, mourning firecrackers, smoke of the "Parillas" (grills) installed in the street, the IMF was targeted, but also the Center-Left Government, accused of agreeing to redevelop its $ 44 billion debt due by 2024. and for corollary, lend itself to increased budgetary rigor, in a country that already has 40% of the poor. .

"It's horrible to see in children's hospitals with a little belly swollen by hunger. It exists today in Argentina!" Lances AFP in anger contained Aña Cristina Jaime, 70, " No party but heart left ". "Every 8-9 years, it starts again, we sell + to the IMF (...) the only option I see is not to pay, but hunting the capital fled abroad. Let those pay! "

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Manifestation contre un accord avec le FMI, le 11 décembre 2021 à Buenos Aires © Alejandro Pagni Manifestation against an agreement with the IMF, December 11, 2021 in Buenos Aires

All week, a delegation Argentina (Government and Central Bank) held in Washington meetings with an IMF team. By the end of the year, the Executive must present to Parliament a "multi-year economic program" which would have the endorsement of the Fund.

Result of the round of interviews: "Further discussion" are necessary before an agreement, announced the IMF in a statement Friday.

Friday night, an even larger crowd had already gathered on the Plaza de Mayo, composed this time from sectors close to the Peronist government, to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the return of democracy in Argentina after the dictatorship (1976- 1983).

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But again, no mystery on the black beast, invited obliged all the speeches: the IMF. Insured ovation when Alberto Fernandez launched that "Argentina's (structural) adjustments belongs to history" and that a refund "will not be at the expense of health, public education, wages, pensions " Even though, he took care to state, "We will assume the obligations taken by others," the loan subscribed by his predecessor Mauricio Macri (2018).

© Alejandro Pagni "No Payment to the Fund with the hunger of the people": A Argentina manifests against the IMF, December 11, 2021 in Buenos Aires

ovation stronger, when the Alternative People's Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Check of the State from 2007 to 2015 and Current Vice-Chair, has denounced an IMF "which has long been aware of life in Argentina". And responded almost to Fernandez "that the IMF helps us recover billions of dollars that are not lacking in Argentina, no, but (that Argentinians have) taken to tax havens! That this is a bargaining point with the bottom."

The calendar sees converge these negotiations and the anniversary of the "Great Crisis" of December 2001: the social explosion of Argentina then stuck between capital flight and liquidity crisis, after years of austerity plans on request From the IMF, had resulted in riots, looting, violence, forty deaths and sustainable trauma.

"I remember many 2001, the looting of a supermarket at the corner of my street, it was people without work, it was hunger," said Saturday in the demonstration Juan Soto, 30-year-old worker. "History repeats itself, you know. If there is agreement (with the IMF) is that there is adjustment. But who is adjusted +? The workers, the poor. Those who come out of A pandemic where there have already been so many lost jobs? "

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