Around 1.5 million people took to the streets of Argentina in the first General Strike against Javier Milei’s measures

Jan 26, 2024

In a first great demonstration of unity and strength against the ultraliberal measures of the extreme right wing government made by the trade union and social movements of Argentina, the General Strike of this January 24, called by the CGT and the CTA, in rejection of the DNU (Decree of Necessity and Urgency) and the Omnibus Law, peacefully gathered more than 600 thousand people in Buenos Aires and 1.5 million in the streets of all Argentina.

In addition to this, the great international support for Wednesday’s mobilizations showed that the workers and people of Argentina are not alone in this struggle.

Through PSI, Argentine workers received support from unions and individuals from more than 30 countries: Aruba, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, St. Lucia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

In addition to this, PSI has expressed its solidarity with the Argentine trade union movement through its general secretary, Daniel Bertossa, and with the participation of the regional secretary for Inter-America, Jocélio Drummond, in the march and rally on January 24 in Buenos Aires.

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‘The Country Is Not for Sale’: General Strike In Argentina Against Milei

Thousands of people marched this Wednesday in Argentina to join the national strike called by the main unions in repudiation of the policies implemented by President Javier Milei.

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“The country is not for sale,” “No to the adjustment,” and “No to the labor reform,” were some of the main slogans of the demonstration that filled the Plaza del Congreso in the city of Buenos Aires. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took part in the massive general strike against Milei and his “libertarian” policies. Milei took office on December 10. Some outlets, such as Left Voice and Progressive International, reported that over a million demonstrators took to the streets.

It is also the first mobilization of this type to be carried out with such haste in the history of this country, since the president has only been in office for 45 days.

The protest was due to the fact that, in such a short period, Milei presented initiatives that would radically transform the South American country and affect multiple sectors.

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