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Argentina's austere Independence Day celebration in Tucuman, with no military parade

Monday, July 9th 2018 - 07:43 UTC
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President Mauricio Macri and his cabinet will be celebrating Argentina's Independence Day, Monday 9 July at the Historic House in the northern province of Tucuman, where the declaration was first announced 202 years ago. Contrary to other years there will be no military parade in Tucuman or Buenos Aires, allegedly as a consequence of the strict austerity measures imposed by the Macri administration. Read full article

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  • Enrique Massot

    Argentina president Mauricio Macri celebrates the July 9 festivity in a closed location in the Tucuman province in front of a small, selected audience.

    Security forces stopped demonstrators from reaching the Casa de Tucuman several blocks away. Demonstrators then released black balloons in a symbolic repudiation of the current government's policies that include a recent agreement with the IMF.

    Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, unknown to MP, to Clarin and La Nacion, hundreds of thousands of citizens had their own celebration. They also protested Argentina's ruinous agreement with the IMF.

    On Flag Day (June 20) Macri skipped the central ceremony in Rosario for fear of demonstrators (his friendly press said Macri feared “violence”).

    This restriction to key patriotic celebrations and Macri's reluctance to face the music is unprecedented in Argentina and shows the increasing isolation of a regime in its death throes. It also shows the resilience of the Argentines, who won't resign their rights without putting up a fight.

    The Macri presidency will become one more sore blight in Argentine history.

    Jul 10th, 2018 - 08:31 pm - Link - Report abuse -2

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