Argentinian Strike Against Austerity Measures Shut Down Rosario Port and Grounded Flights
May 29: Further to previous reporting ahead of protests in Buenos Aires on May 29:
Thousands marched through Argentina’s capital on Wednesday to protest austerity measures under President Mauricio Macri, as a nationwide strike brought the airports of the recession-plagued country to a standstill and halted work at key grains ports.
The strike – called by the country’s main unions – led to many transport links being disrupted, and schools, offices, and banks closing.
Marchers moved through the center of Buenos Aires, carrying flags and banners protesting Macri’s International Monetary Fund-backed economic reforms, which the government sees as key to cutting a steep fiscal deficit.
On Wednesday flights from Argentina’s airports were shut down as a result of the strike, while grain exports stopped at the ports in Rosario, one of the most important agro-industrial regions in the world.
A government estimate suggested the strike would cost the economy more than 40 billion pesos ($900 million).