December 19, 2014
CGT opposition leaders call for change in Plaza de Mayo protest
The General Workers' Confederation (CGT) factions led by Hugo Moyano and Luis Barrionuevo warned that an increase in unemployment and crime was affecting the poorest in society, and called on the government to make "urgent changes" during today's mobilisation.
The two leaders headed a protest in the Plaza de Mayo, where government statistics were contradicted through a document read out to those present in the square outside Government House.
"Whatever official indexes say with their untrustworthy numbers, unemployment is increasing," the opposition unions stated in the missive. Public safety was also a key issue: "If it is not combatted, crime will continue to affect thousands of Argentines," it was claimed.
Earlier in the day Moyano referred to Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich criticisms over holding the act in the downtown location: “He says Plaza de Mayo is not the right place to protest. I think he is completely wrong,” the Teamsters Union leader said.
In his daily press briefing, Capitanich had argued that they should take their claims to those in charge of security policies, that is provincial governors.
Moyano pointed out that Plaza de Mayo is the traditional set for protests. “Everyone has always gone to Plaza de Mayo to claim for justice, human rights. And now he [Capitanich] says it is not the right place. I think he is completely wrong,” he said.
Asked about Capitanich’s words in an interview with Radio Mitre, Moyano said: “Is it worthy to comment on the remarks of this Fidel Pintos who talks and talks and says nothing?,” he said, comparing Chief Cabinet to a popular Argentine comedian who used to talk in an unintelligible way on TV in the 70s.