Hundreds of people demonstrated in Argentina’s capital on Saturday (19.09.2020) with slogans against the health measures of Alberto Fernández’s Peronist government to curb coronavirus contagion, when the dead exceed 12,000 in the South American country.
The flag in Misiones, Neuquén, Córdoba, Bahía Blanca, La Plata, Mendoza, Rosario and other cities of the country was repeated for the second consecutive Saturday, with hundreds of people carrying in the streets the colors of the Argentine flag and showing its anger with cacerolazos. Many attended the march in cars in order to maintain measures of social estating.
Protesters, belonging to opposition sectors, protested against the quarantine and judicial reform undertaken by the government and the displacement of three judges who investigated the causes of alleged corruption by Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Also against economic measures around the dollar, just days after restrictions on the purchase of the savings dollar were announced.
Some protesters carried banners with phrases such as «When corruption becomes law, rebellion is a duty,» «No to unworthy judges» and «Free Justice Now.»
There were also sectors that underestimated the coronavirus with signs reading «WHO Lies, COVID-19 does not kill» or «No to the mandatory vaccine, my body is mine I take care of it. My children’s too.»
«I’m not anti-bad, because I’m actually doing quarantine, but this outweighs me, I’m sick of being locked up listening every day» to the president, told the AP one of the protesters, Viviana, middle-aged, visibly angry and who didn’t want to reveal her last name either.
The protest comes after the Ministry of Health reported a day on Friday with a daily record of 11,945 new cases. Argentina has been recording a daily average of cases of the order of 10,000, with high peaks in provinces such as Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Santa Fe and Córdoba.
The pandemic has hit Argentina’s already unscathed economy in recession since 2018 and will fall this year by 9.9% according to projections from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).