Connect to share and comment

Argentines strike over inflation and crime

Workers in Argentina boycotted shops and stayed home from work on Thursday, as part of general strike against skyrocketing inflation and soaring crime under the government of President Cristina Kirchner. Participation in the work stoppage was uneven, with some department stores, restaurants, businesses and schools open in Buenos Aires and in Rosario, Argentina's third largest city, despite the difficult commute.

Argentines strike over inflation and crime

A general strike called to protest against the government of Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner disrupted public transport Thursday amid growing public anger over price rises and crime. The impact of the strike was uneven, with department stores, restaurants, businesses and schools open in Buenos Aires and Rosario, the country's third largest city, despite the difficult commute. But those that remained open were emptier than usual. And buses, commuter trains and most metro lines were shut down by the 24-hour walkout, while airlines were forced to cancel flights.

Argentines strike over inflation and crime

A general strike called to protest against the government of Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner disrupted public transport Thursday amid growing public anger over price rises and crime. But the impact of the strike was uneven, with department stores, restaurants, businesses and schools open in Buenos Aires and Rosario, the country's third largest city, despite the difficult commute. Buses, commuter trains and most metro lines were shut down by the 24-hour walkout, while airlines were forced to cancel flights.

Argentina hit by strike over inflation, crime

A general strike against policies of Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner disrupted public transportation Thursday amid growing public discontent over high inflation and crime. Buses, commuter trains and most metro lines were shut down by the 24-hour walkout, while airlines were forced to cancel flights. Gas stations also closed, and groups of radical leftist youths formed pickets on the main access route to Buenos Aires from the early morning.

Argentina braces for major strike

Argentina braced Wednesday for a major strike in a fresh challenge to President Cristina Kirchner amid growing public discontent over high inflation and crime. Three of the country's five unions are expected to participate in Thursday's labor action, which takes aim at Kirchner's attempt to cap salary increases in an increasingly troubled economy. "Enough! That's what the workers are telling the government," said Hugo Moyano, a truck driver, who heads the CGT union.

Argentine president opens Paris Book Fair, using soft diplomacy during economic woes

PARIS - It might be called soft diplomacy: Argentina's president is temporarily shifting focus from the country' economic woes to showcase its literary wealth. Cristina Fernandez inaugurated France's prestigious annual Book Fair on Thursday, which is honouring Argentine literature this year. Accompanied by 45 pro-government Argentine authors, the leader met with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault for a special ceremony.

Argentine gov't admits that crime is "a problem"

Buenos Aires, Mar 16 (EFE).- The head of the Argentine Cabinet, Jorge Capitanich, admitted on Sunday that the growing lack of security in the country has become "a problem," although he added that an increase in resources for the security forces "is not the best way to fight it." In an interview with a local television station, Capitanich said that the increase in lack of security "is not resolved only with more patrol cars, police or cameras," but rather by working on "social inclusion (and) ... distributive equity."

Argentine gov't admits that crime is "a problem"

Buenos Aires, Mar 16 (EFE).- The head of the Argentine Cabinet, Jorge Capitanich, admitted on Sunday that the growing lack of security in the country has become "a problem," although he added that an increase in resources for the security forces "is not the best way to fight it." In an interview with a local television station, Capitanich said that the increase in lack of security "is not resolved only with more patrol cars, police or cameras," but rather by working on "social inclusion (and) ... distributive equity."

Have a cigar: Cuba and Europe to write a business plan

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Eleven months before Barack Obama's historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. While little noticed, this gesture may end up doing far more to end the communist island's isolation.

Guatemala arrests 3 in singer's killing

Guatemala City, Feb 17 (EFE).- Three people were arrested Monday in connection with the 2011 killing here of Argentine singer Facundo Cabral, Guatemalan police said. Amparo Antonia Revolorio Figueroa, 41; Oscar Oswaldo Rodriguez Escobar, 38; and Eli Adonais Osorio del Cid, 33, were apprehended in the southern province of Escuintla. The three are suspected of belonging to the band of killers who murdered Cabral on July 9, 2011.
Syndicate content