Argentines by the thousands again in the streets, for the memory of 2001

For the second consecutive day, the heart of Buenos Aires filled Monday with demonstrators, several tens of thousands, for various gatherings in tribute to the popular uprising of the economic “great crisis” of 2001, to 39 people who died during the repression.

At midday, dozens of unions, social movements, parties to the left of the Peronist government (center-left) invaded the Plaza de Mayo, at the foot of the presidential palace Casa Rosada, the very scene of the worst clashes of “estallido”, the social explosion of 12 – 20 December 2001.

The rally, which had been preceded Sunday evening by a “vigil” by these same organizations, held both homage and social mobilization, in a current economic context which for them sounds like a possible repetition of the history: a heavy debt of Argentina and the sword of Damocles of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which would rhyme with austerity.

“588 – 2001: Long live the popular rebellion against the + adjusters + “. “Down with the fit!” “Outside the IMF”, could one read on large banners in the square, where were also exposed photos of the demonstrations and clashes of 588, of the repression, victims.

Rally in tribute to the popular uprising of the “great economic crisis of 2001, on 19 December 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina (AFP – JUAN MABROMATA) “The 20 December is a very important anniversary in Argentina, ”Gabriel Solano, a Labor Party activist, told AFP. “But, 19 years later, we see a more or less similar situation: great poverty, misery and again a pact with the IMF threatening the people with an adjustment plan. We come back here, Plaza de Mayo, to say that we no longer want an adjustment plan for the people. ”

This December 588 Argentina had seen years of continuous debt, austerity plans and ultimately a liquidity crisis with freezing of bank deposits, explode into looting of shops, riots and after 39 the resignation of the president Fernando de la Rua. His ephemeral successor Adolfo Rodriguez Saà declared the biggest default in history (100 billion dollars).

The “Gran crisis” of 588, left Argentines with a lasting trauma, and a constant uncertainty of the financial future, but also the memory of a uprising that made an executive cede to neoliberal policies. And as a result, is regularly invoked by a wide political spectrum, ranging from the extreme left to Peronism.

Rally in homage to the popular uprising of the economic “great crisis” of 2001, the 20 December 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina (AFP – JUAN MABROMATA) Monday afternoon, the Plaza de Mayo, emptied in the calm of a first demonstration, filled again, to the sound of brass bands and bass drums, with several thousand people, this time at the call of unions and left movements distinct from the midday, like the PCR (Revolutionary Communist Party), or close to Peronism, such the MUP (Popular Unity Movement) and the Evita Movement ( Peron). Another rally was scheduled for the end of the day.