Due to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, about 42% of people in Argentina live below the poverty line.
As the economic crisis worsened, thousands of Argentines protested against poverty and unemployment across the country. Coronavirus pandemic Continue to severely hit residents.
Organizations working with the unemployed and left-wing groups launched a protest in the capital Buenos Aires. The protest started in a church. Every year thousands of pilgrims go to the holy place of San Cayetano to pray, San Cayet Tano is the patron saint of work, and its holiday is Saturday.
It ends in Plaza de Mayo, a huge square in front of the seat of the government where protests usually occur.
“I’m here on behalf of people who don’t have a job: my brothers, my neighbors, and many of the people you see who are struggling everywhere,” Nestor Pluis, a 41-year-old education assistant, told Reuters .
Protests have also occurred in other parts of the country, including Cordoba, Argentina’s second largest city, and Mendoza, the western city.
On Friday, the Argentine government announced that it would Relaxation of coronavirus restrictions After several weeks of cases and death rates declined.
President Alberto Fernandez said in a recorded TV message: “The more we get vaccinated and take care of ourselves, the more we can maintain these achievements and make progress in continuous and gradual openness.”
Fernandez said he saw a brighter future. “Argentina is growing, is returning to work and will return to income,” the president said.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Argentina has reported only more than 5 million COVID-19 cases and more than 107,000 deaths.
The epidemic has Worsened an already difficult The economic situation of the South American country, 42% of the country’s 19 million people live below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate is 10.2%.
Legislator Juan Carlos Alderete, leader of the left-wing party Corriente Clasista y Combativa and legislator Juan Carlos Alderete, said that the needs of people in some communities are “very great”.
He said: “I saw the whole family come to eat at the congee, and many children have to be taken care of by health professionals because they are malnourished.”