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Store owners march in Buenos Aires

Store owners occupied a downtown street with crosses and a cardboard coffin.
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Store owners in Buenos Aires blocked a major downtown street today, in what one of the Argentine newspapers called an "unusual" protest.

The owners have been blocking traffic in recent weeks to demand the city remove street vendors in front of their stores.

Today the vendors carried black crosses inscribed with the words "Macri murderer," reported La Nacion. Mauricio Macri is the mayor of Buenos Aires.

They also set up a cardboard coffin.

The store owners say that the street vendors deprive them of business and make the area less safe. They want the city to clear the streets of the vendors.

The owners have been blocking the intersection of Corrientes and Florida, a famous shopping street popular with tourists.

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