Thousands strike against Argentina’s President Javier Milei

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Thousands of workers, students, and activists took to the streets of Argentina’s capital on Tuesday to protest against the economic policies of President Javier Milei, who took office in December after a surprise election victory.

The demonstrators, who marched from the Congress to the Plaza de Mayo, denounced Milei’s plans to cut public spending, privatize state-owned enterprises, and liberalize the currency market. They also demanded higher wages, better social services, and more democratic rights.

Milei, a former economist and libertarian activist, campaigned on a platform of radical free-market reforms, promising to end inflation, reduce poverty, and restore growth. He defeated the incumbent Peronist coalition, which had been in power since 2019 and faced criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis.

However, Milei’s policies have sparked opposition from various sectors of society, including labor unions, social movements, left-wing parties, and human rights groups. They accuse him of imposing austerity measures, undermining labor rights, and increasing social inequality.

The strike was the first major challenge to Milei’s government, which has a minority in both chambers of Congress and faces a divided opposition. The organizers said that they plan to hold more protests in the coming weeks and months, until their demands are met.

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