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Hundreds of women dress up as Eva Peron in support of Argentina's opposition

Saturday, September 28th 2019 - 09:57 UTC
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Hundreds of “Evitas” have featured in recent protests, complete with 1930s-era pastel dresses and hair buns that were the hallmark of the actress-turned-first lady Hundreds of “Evitas” have featured in recent protests, complete with 1930s-era pastel dresses and hair buns that were the hallmark of the actress-turned-first lady
“For that great Argentina that never betrayed us, Peronism is with Cristina” chanted women in support of two-time former president Cristina Kirchner “For that great Argentina that never betrayed us, Peronism is with Cristina” chanted women in support of two-time former president Cristina Kirchner

Women dressed as Eva Peron, old political anthems blaring in the streets, flash-mobs with step-perfect choreography - it's all part of the present-day cut and thrust of politics in Buenos Aires.

Protesters in crisis-wracked Argentina are showcasing new and creative ways to vent their anger against President Mauricio Macri as campaigning for Oct 27 elections enters its final month.

Hundreds of “Evitas” have featured in recent protests across the city, complete with 1930s-era pastel dresses and hair buns that were the hallmark of the actress-turned-first lady.

Demonstrators, young and old, are turning up at these protests to dance to the rhythm of an iconic anthem of the Peronist movement that still holds a powerful grip on Argentina's politics.

“For that great Argentina that never betrayed us, Peronism is with Cristina” chanted women in support of two-time former president Cristina Kirchner at one recent protest.

“Peronist girls know what we want and we will fight without fear to win the election. Eva Peron! Eva Peron!”

Cristina Kirchner, 66, is running for vice-president alongside Alberto Fernandez, who is the clear favorite to win the Oct 27 election.

Military leader Juan Peron is credited with upending Argentina's class structure and championing the country's downtrodden during three presidential terms that stretched from the mid-40s to the mid-70s.

Peron's glamorous second wife Eva helped make him popular with the working class before her death in 1952.

Cristina Kirchner has in past campaigns tapped into lingering fervor for Eva Peron, popularly known as Evita, and spoken admiringly of her as a militant for social justice.

An anti-Macri song “Sivosqueres” (If you want) has swept Buenos Aires, with thousands of people dancing in the streets at demonstrations, aided by Youtube tutorials that showed protesters the moves.

“I can't pay the rent anymore,” goes the song by the band Sudor Marika, whose members came together to help drive the anti-Macri campaign.

The music has been used to animate flash-mob protests, a tactic used to disrupt summit-hosting cities in recent years, and which is now a regular part of the Argentine election campaign.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • golfcronie

    Careful who you vote for Argentina, be afraid very afraid.

    Sep 28th, 2019 - 09:17 am 0
  • Tarquin Fin

    I know what you mean golfcronie.

    Sep 29th, 2019 - 04:24 pm 0
  • golfcronie

    The politicians are only in it to get as much out of it as possible.This goes for most politicians the world over.All a bunch of hypocrites, only saying what the great unwashed wants to hear.

    Sep 29th, 2019 - 08:28 pm 0
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