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Argentine rural producers make tractors in protest against the government

A caravana, composta por 30 tratores e centenas de carros, motocicletas e outros veículos, avançou pelas avenidas da zona norte da capital até chegar à icônica Praça de Maio, em frente à Casa Rosada, sede do Executivo argentino.

The caravan, made up of 04 tractors and hundreds of cars , motorcycles and other vehicles, advanced through the avenues of the north zone of the capital until reaching the iconic Plaza de Mayo, in front of the Casa Rosada, headquarters of the Argentine Executive. | Photo: Matias Campaya/EFE

) A group of rural producers marched this Saturday (23) through the center of Buenos Aires, some of them in tractors, to protest against the policies of the Argentine government that they consider harmful to the agricultural sector. The caravan, made up of 04 tractors and hundreds of cars, motorcycles and others vehicles, advanced through the avenues of the north of the capital until reaching the iconic Plaza de Mayo, in front of Casa Rosada, headquarters of the Argentine Executive.

More than a thousand people gathered at the site to end the protest, which spread to other cities in the country, such as Córdoba, Tucumán and Rosário. The demonstration did not have the institutional support of the so-called Mesa de Enlace, formed by the four largest rural employers’ associations in Argentina, although it had the support of some regional agricultural organizations and sectors of the political opposition.

The reasons for the protest are diverse: in addition to rejecting any additional tax pressure on the rural sector, the organizers called for better public administration of resources, less political spending and greater investment in productive infrastructure, among other points. Likewise, a large number of citizens took the opportunity to take to the streets and express their rejection of the national government, with slogans against political corruption and in favor of reducing taxes.

Government says demonstration is political

In recent days, the Argentine government has questioned the protest, arguing that its claims are “not very clear”. “We have no doubt that this is an absolutely political march and that it has to do with interests other than defending the legitimate rights of farmers in the countryside,” said presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti at a press conference on Friday. .

The mayor of Buenos Aires, the opponent Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, called on the national government to “respect” the protests, instead of “promoting confrontations” between workers. “Given the expectation of the announcement that they want to increase taxes, how are they not going to manifest, how are we not going to support them? The protest takes place at a time of a sharp rise in international prices of raw materials raw materials since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which favors agro-exporters from Argentina, one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of grains and derivatives, but which has had a direct impact on an acceleration of domestic inflation, particularly on food.

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