December 11, 2013
Massive anti-gov't protest take place across the country
Thousands of protesters gathered in Buenos Aires City and other districts in Buenos Aires province to hold a pot-bashing march, known as the "8N," against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration.
People has gathered at the Obelisk, the crossroads of Rivadavia and Acoyte, Santa Fe and Callao and many towns in Greater Buenos Aires.
In Buenos Aires City, protesters, who have conducted the build-up of the march via Internet’s major social networks, began gathering at the corners of Corrientes and Pueyrredón; Callao and Sante Fe avenues by 7pm and started heading toward the “Pink House.”
Protesters also gathered at Greater Buenos Aires and La Plata City: They met at the crossroad of Avenida de Mayo and Rivadavia in the locality of Ramos Mejía; in Lomas de Zamora they met in front of the municipality, in Grigera square. While the gathering at the provincial capital city was in front of the Basilica.
The protest spread all over the country, reaching Rosario City, where they gathered at the Flag Monument. The chosen place to meet in Santa Fe City was the 25 de Mayo square, in front of the provincial Government house.
Meanwhile, Córdoba citizens chose to gather at Patio Olmos, the usual point where protests are held in the mediterranean capital city. The march had also spread to the Northern area of the country, as the pot-banging has reached Tucumán and Salta provinces. In the Southern area of the country, the city of Bariloche also hosted a protest at the Civic Centre.
The pot-banging was summoned under several premises, such as the defence of the institutions and democracy, inflation, crimes, dollar clamp and freedom of speech demands.
"No to the Constitutional reform," "+ work and - social plans = - inflation," "No re-reelection," "We want an independent Justice," "without judicial security there's crime" were some of the phrases read in flags and signs.
The march, which has been described as popular and impulsive to a mere ploy by the opposition, according to opposite ends of the political spectrum had already had its first protests set in front of the Argentine Consulate in Australia by expats living in the Oceania.
Social networks have contributed largely to the set up. Protesters were not only summoned nationwide, but also overseas. Thus, pot-bashing protests were also seen at Argentina’s consulates and embassies in: Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Bonn, Hamburg); Austria; Bolivia, Brazil (Río de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte); Canada (Toronto, Montreal); Chile (Santiago, Valparaíso); China; Colombia; Costa Rica; England; France; Israel (Tel aviv, Hertzlia Pituah, Migdal Haemek); Italy (Roma, Milan, Padova); Japan, Mexico; Norway; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia); South Africa; Sweden; Switzerland; Netherlands (Hague, Amsterdam); Uruguay (Montevideo, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Colonia); USA (Washington DC, Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston); Venezuela.