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  • Public workers protesting in La Plata, Argentina, are met with police violence, Jan. 7, 2016.

    Public workers protesting in La Plata, Argentina, are met with police violence, Jan. 7, 2016. | Photo: teleSUR

Riot police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters unhappy that the new conservative president dismissed them from their jobs.

Police officers in Argentina violently attacked public workers on Friday while they were protesting in La Plata, the capital of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.

More than 100 workers demonstrated after newly elected right-wing President Mauricio Macri announced a mass dismissal of public sector workers.

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People were protesting against the decision of local Mayor Julio Garro, from Macri’s political party, not to renew 4,500 contracts that expired on Dec. 31. Their peaceful actions were violently repressed by security forces.​

“Police repression in La Plata, at 10:30!!!”

The total of public sector workers fired in Argentina since the beginning of 2016 hit 10,000 on Thursday, as Macri’s administration continues its audit of state contracts.

Layoffs have impacted workers in various state departments and still more people are expected to be left out of work as the government continues to make cuts.

“Police shoot tear gas and rubber bullets against dismissed public workers.”

WATCH: Police Repression in La Plata, Argentina

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