Argentina's Senate Wednesday passed the food emergency bill submitted by the opposition parties as protests mount against the inflationary policies carried out by the administration of President Mauricio Macri, who is yet to sign the draft into law and has hinted he would do so without exerting his veto powers.
Thousands of protesters camped on Wednesday in downtown Buenos Aires to demand that Argentina declare a food emergency as the economic crisis deepened just weeks ahead of the presidential election.
Thousands took to the streets in 50 Argentine cities and towns Wednesday demanding that the government declare a food emergency and put an end to suffocating price increases. Since President Mauricio Macri came to power in 2015, electricity bills have gone up 210% and gas 300%. The government blamed the increase on the removal of significant subsidies in place under the previous administration.