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Protesters lift 9 de Julio camp after 8 hour picket

Social and co-operative organisations have taken down a makeshift campsite which stood in 9 de Julio avenue today, after blocking off part of the road for eight hours in protest at the City government's policies.

Activists staged the camp, which caused widespread disruption and traffic delays, in order to bring attention to those living in the City of Buenos Aires' poorest areas, and to demand more jobs, an end to precarious labour condition and salary raises from the administration headed by Mauricio Macri.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police were at the scene, but although a possible removal of the camp was speculated, this did not take place. The protest was eventually lifted when City authorities promised to meet with activists in the coming days to hear their grievances.

"Some 10 social organisations and several thousand residents of the city's most marginalised neighbourhoods have been trying to strike up a dialogue for more than eight months," the organisations involved in the campsite fired a statement released today.

"We have presented dozens of works proposals but they have been rejected out of hand."

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