April 21, 2014
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BA bids farewell to 2013 amid chaos

A police officer breaks up an argument over politics, as water supplies are delivered during a heat wave that led to record electricity consumption in Buenos Aires. With temperatures passing 38 degrees Celsius, water and power outages blanketted large swaths of Argentina’s capital city, sparking protests and placing residents, particularly those in high-rise buildings, at risk.

Tensions run high as residents prepare for a new year with blackouts, road blocks

Buenos Aires is bidding farewell to 2013 amid a hot chaos with tens of thousands of people set to welcome the new year without electricity.

Patience ran thin throughout the capital and its suburbs yesterday as the sun continued scorching and protests broke out across the region when frustrated residents took to the streets and blocked roads to demand the restoration of electricity supplies.

City residents eager to leave the capital for the coast ahead of the holidays were met instead by standstill traffic as protesters blocked the key Buenos Aires-La Plata highway.

Meanwhile, a day after the City and federal governments appeared to be finally joining forces to assist those affected by the rolling blackouts that began more than two weeks ago, frutration descended into petty squabbling once again yesterday.

Planning Minister Julio De Vido said City Mayor Mauricio Macri should “work more hours” after the PRO leader suggested instituting daylight saving time as a way to conserve energy.

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