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Direct democracy in Argentina: The town revokes to the politicians by the force

by La Haine Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001 at 6:10 PM
lahaine@altavista.com

New massive protest shakes to the government. [Machine translation from original Spanish. Link below to original.]

Clar /La Haine. Argentina, 29,12,01. - The protest was massive and precipitated the resignation of Grosso like head of advisers. To 2,30, numerous groups caused destructions before the police repression. Later, there were sackings and fires in the Congress.

People are fed up with promises. The test is that ten days later, hardly ten days later, returned the cacerolazos. Remembering the spontaneous manifestation that it at night pushed outside the power Fernando of the Rúa and Domingo Cavallo of Wednesday 19 of December, this dawn the concentration of thousands of people in the streets of Buenos Aires and the Seat of May was repeated, where there was violence and police repression. Near the 4, numerous demonstrators managed to enter the Congress and caused destructions.

The manifestations caused the first change in " flaming " the Government towards the midnight. According to they confirmed sources of the Cabinet, the head of advisers of president Adolph Rodriguez Saá, the Peronist leader Carlos Grosso, resigned to his position. It is that the critics, the shouts and the cánticos of the multitude were concentrated last night on the gangster figure of the ex- Buenosairean intendant, who had resigned to his position in 1991 in the middle of denunciations by supposed acts of corruption.

That was the first reaction of the government who heads the ex- governor of San Luis, the puntano Rodriguez Saá, who last night observed the manifestations by TV from the fifth presidential one of Olive trees. Grosso presented/displayed the resignation to him in the Pink House to the coordinator of the Cabinet, Luis Lusqui6nos, and it did not discard that there were other resignations in the next hours.

In the list of Jose mentioned to the santafesino Maria Vernet, in charge of the Chancellery and of the Ministry of Defense; and to also the santafesino Víctor Reviglio, in charge of Health. Both followed Grosso in the list of civil employees questioned within the management of Rodriguez Saá.

Direct democracy in Buenos Aires: The town revokes to the politicians by the force

Between the civil employees of the Government last night the nervousness reigned and also hundreds of people in the neighborhoods of the residence of Olive trees were concentrated. The situation became in front of does violence to the Pink House near two and the average one in the morning. Groups of furious demonstrators began to throw stones towards the doors and windows, and to ignite fire in the entrance of the Balcarce street. The Police wildly repressed with tear gases and rubber bullets. Nevertheless the police great power vió diminished when an agent was catched between the demonstrators, who ground it to blows. On the other hand there were some sackings and attacks to great businesses and banks in the avenue of May.

The demonstrators already began to gain the streets of Buenos Aires shortly before the midnight. The first cacerolazos were listened to in the districts of Palermo, North District, Pony, Belgrano, Boedo and Cabins. In addition to the critics towards the monetary policy, the demonstrators added reclamations that aimed towards the political and union leadership. The multitude shouted against Grosso, against ex- menemista minister Jose Luis Apple tree, against president Rodriguez Saá, the CGT and the gremialista Hugo Moyano.

But the police repression of the dawn in the Seat of May happened to be the epicenter of a massive protesa, to be scene of a pitched battle of unforseeable consequences.

Near the 4 of the dawn, numerous demonstrators took the Congress. There, they burned curtains and they threw some furniture to the street. The Police returned to repress violently and people dispersed by the Callao avenue.

Groups of demonstrators entered by the esplanade of the avenue Between Rivers. They took the Blue hall, they broke glasses, they caught bonfires and they ended up burning movable and curtains. The Police did not manage to evacuate them but with the Guard of Infantry. Later they continued the confrontations in the street.

A group of furious demonstrators carried out this dawn destructions within the National Congress when burning doors and furniture, to break armchairs, writing-desks, spiders and glasses. From early, in parallel with the protest that was registered in Seat of May, hundreds of demonstrators protested both in the Seat of Congresses.

Around the 4,30, a numerous group of people separated of the multitude and after destroying the fore door of the Legislative Palace that he gives on the avenue Between Rivers, he entered the building and he made destructions and he ignited bonfires. Within the Palace, they took armchairs and writing-desks and threw them by the perrons of the Congress until the avenue Between Rivers where they came to set them fire.

The demonstrators continued making destructions within the Blue Hall the Congress and until they managed to enter the enclosure of the House of Representatives, where they broke banks and they burned curtains. The demonstrators took the busts from several ex- legislators, among them the one of ex- vice-president Carlos Perette and they threw them to the Avenue Between Rivers. Meanwhile, they destroyed to the luxurious lamps and spiders of the halls the Congress.

Few minutes later, a column of police advanced from Hipólito Yrigoyen towards the door of the Congress and throwing indiscriminately tear rubber bullets and gases it only cleared that zone. To this group of police other fifty cash were added that with violent loads went forcing the demonstrators to fall back by Callao towards Currents.

On Callao Avenue, the demonstrators destroyed the show windows of several banks and two houses of fast food, branches of American chains.

Eleven wounded police and 30 lengthy demonstrators

That is the balance, until the moment, of the serious happened incidents this dawn in Seat of May and the National Congress. Several commerce and around six banks was destroyed. At least eleven police that violently repressed the demonstrators who protested in Seat of May were wounded from different consideration, among them the Superintendent of Security of the Federal.

One of the episodes happened in the neighborhoods of the Town hall, where two cash tried to dissolve to blows a group of demonstrators who had raised a barricade with fire, and they were unexpectedly with the energetic answer of these, that after giving a beating to the police cleared their arms to them.

According to the information that gave the Police, also they were stopped around 30 demonstrators, the majority young.

They attack great commerce and banks

Thousands of demonstrators who before had faced the police repression in the National Congress and Seat of May, destroyed several commerce in their crease by different avenues, among them Callao, Currents and Avenue of May.

The affected businesses were an average dozen of banking organizations and the two premises of fast meals, one of the chain Mc Donalds located in the 100 Callus to and another one of Burger King, in the avenue Current to the 1700.

Between the damaged banks more they appear branches of the French Bank, Lloyds, BankBoston, Scotiabank Quilmes, Bank of Galicia and Bank Province of Buenos Aires.

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