Hundreds of thousands of people, summoned mainly by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) —The most important union entity in Argentina— are demonstrating in the center of the City of Buenos Aires to celebrate Loyalty Day, to mark a new anniversary of the demonstration that demanded the release of the leader Juan Domingo Perón in 1945, giving birth to Peronism.
Thus, this Monday the second consecutive day of mobilizations takes place, which began on October 17, when the militant date is usually celebrated. The columns are directed on foot towards the Canto al Trabajo monument, at the intersection of Paseo Colón and Independencia avenues. The objective of the march is to show the support to the government, but also to point out that measures are needed to improve the situation in the country.
Health says PRESENT ✌🏻All the labor movement we raise the flags of development, production and work in unity ✌🏻Workers always organized and united 💙#CGT#LoyaltyYUnitypic.twitter.com/h7v1bmhPx3
— A.T.S.A. Bs.As (@AtsaBsAs) October 18, 2021
In this opportunity, the protagonists are the union leaders, many of whom have greater affinities with the vice president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, than with the head of state, Alberto Fernández.
“Policy for genuine employment”
Thus, unionists are expected to read a document, where it is proclaimed the union of the labor movement. In effect, the CGT is an important ally of the Government, however, from the top they are calling for “economic policies that promote the generation of genuine employment.”
With that critical tone, they also pose “a fair redistribution of wealth and the reconstruction of a present state, regulator of the economy and promoter of economic and social development “.
In addition to the unions, they also mobilize various social groups, such as the Combative Classist Current, Barrios de Pie and the Evita Movement.
76 years after the historic event of October 17, the CCC is now mobilizing together with the CGT and social movements for genuine work, in defense of the agenda for #EarthTechoYTrabajo and against the labor reform promoted by Together for Change. pic.twitter.com/zrdqHBKviB
— PCR Argentina (@PCRargentina) October 18, 2021
In this regard, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires reported that, due to the magnitude of the event, traffic circulation may be affected in many Buenos Aires streets.
Today, Monday 10/18, there will be possible effects on traffic due to demonstrations per act #CGT, we leave you the affected perimeter.#Transitpic.twitter.com/e2FsuPrMRR
– BA Transit (@batransito) October 18, 2021
The Plaza de Mayo was packed
On Sunday, which coincided with Mother’s Day, there had been another massive call, of social and political groups related to Kirchnerism. It was a mobilization where the structure of the so-called ‘union apparatus’ did not prevail, but the political militancy did, which recalled the figure of Perón.
For you CGT For you Daer For you chinito Navarro For you Persian patil IT IS THE 17 pic.twitter.com/k7IYi9nGzF
– marcos balmaceda (@ elflaquito80) October 17, 2021
In this regard, a controversy within Peronism because the CGT and the Fernández government had decided not to march on the 17th, as was done historically. Meanwhile, opposition sectors highlighted that, in the midst of the celebrations, some individuals damaged a memorial for the victims of the pandemic, causing widespread rejection, even among Peronists.
“Silence is complicity.” said the now president, sometime. What happened today in Plaza de Mayo generates unison repudiation and there is no room for silence. Trampling the memory of our deceased in a pandemic is trampling the memory, the anguish of more than 116,000 Argentines. pic.twitter.com/2w4f3ACU4a
– PRO (@proargentina) October 18, 2021
For his part, the president was not present in either of the two mobilizations, although he did share a video on his social networks.
76 years ago, Argentines and Argentines took to the streets to demand the freedom of a colonel who defended those who worked. That day marked a path of unbreakable loyalty with the people. Companions and companions, let’s celebrate this celebration of democracy in unity ✌️ pic.twitter.com/BhwWTDbQbl
– Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) October 17, 2021
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