March 10, 2014
Police crisis, protests spread to other provinces
The police crisis which prompted protests and further lootings in several provinces last week and during the weekend spread today to other districts, with deaths reported in Jujuy and Entre Rios.
Although a wage deal was reached today in Río Negro and in Neuquen provinces between government officials and police representatives, other forces joined the wage demands and were staging protests throughout the country.
Some of the worst clashes were to be found in the province of Jujuy, where two people were killed in the middle of looting. The region's hospitals refused to release further details, only confirming that one of the victims was a 15-year-old who was stabbed to death.
Tension surged in Buenos Aires province where the police forces from La Plata, Bahía Blanca and Mar del Plata insisted with their demands despite the warning of Governor Daniel Scioli and the announcement of salary hikes.
Mar del Plata was later hit by a wave of lootings, which led to authorities closing schools and public transport for tomorrow.
Buenos Aires Security Minister Alejandro Granados was holding a meeting with a group of police officers who since yesterday were blocking the entrance to the Direction of Cavalry in La Plata.
In Santa Fe, police officers rejected the salary offer made by Governor Antonio Bonfatti.
Protests have worsened in the province of Chaco, as police officers took over a police station in the capital city of Resistencia, after lootings in supermarkets early today and after the provincial government announced it would seek aid from Gendarmerie.
The police of the coastal city of Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, was staging a protest although authorities had announced during the weekend a salary improvement.
In San Luis, a group of retired police officers were also calling for a wage hike, and warned “the protest will be different” if they don’t meet their demands.