Thousands took to the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to protest against the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a day before the visit of a delegation from the organisation.
“We do not agree with the payment of the debt, in the first place because what we are asking for is that they invest that money in the country and for them not to take it out. [Doing that] they are basically paying a debt that is fraudulent”, said protester Elias Chiro.
They also demanded that the administration increase aid to fight poverty. “The government has not complied with several agreements since December, such as the delivery of food,” explained Chiro.
Protester Mayela Rengifo said that the aid that the government is offering so far is “insufficient” and called for it to be increased as “hunger strikes the people”.
An IMF team delegation will arrive in Buenos Aires on February 12 to discuss the economic programme of President Alberto Fernandez’s government. Although the visit was expected to last three days, it was announced that IMF representatives will stay in the country until Wednesday, February 19.