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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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Contrary to other years there will be no military parade in Tucuman or Buenos Aires, as a result of the strict austerity measures imposed by Macri administration. Contrary to other years there will be no military parade in Tucuman or Buenos Aires, as a result of the strict austerity measures imposed by Macri administration.

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.

 Despite no military display, some 2.500 members of the security forces will be on hand at Tucumán given the growing protest climate in Argentina following the fragile financial situation which has seen the local Peso slide some 40% against the US dollar in six months, while inflation has soared, and according to local economies, recession is round the corner.

This however will not impede the unions and other opposition groupings contrary to the Macri government to organize a major political rally at the heart of Buenos Aires City to protest the economic policy and the signing of a massive support loan from the IMF.

The Tucuman event will be the only official ceremony on Argentina's Independence Day.

However it must be also mentioned that there is deep discontent among the Argentine armed forces, since according to the new budget to be discussed in Congress, proposed wage hikes for officers will be 8% and for junior personnel, 15%. Inflation in Argentina has soared in the first half of this year to an annualized rate of 36%.

The proposed reduction in real pay for the nation's 75,000 armed forces, as well as 700,000 other federal employees, is part of some US$ 9 billion in budget cuts Macri agreed to with the IMF on June in exchange for a record US$ 50 billion stand-by credit line.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Argentina.

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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.

    Posted 5 days ago -2
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