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    Human rights activists and relatives of people who disappeared during the 1976-1983 dirty war. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 March 2016

The U.S. president's visit coincides with the 40th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup of 1976 that led to the overthrow of Isabel Peron.

Argentine social movements are set to mobilize against the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, March 23 .

The protesters, coming from a diverse range of organizations, issued a statement before the visit of Obama, who is on an official visit until March 24 and will hold bilateral meetings with Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

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The protesters, opposed to Macri's administration, reject the activities of "political conglomerates ... political looting, debt" and the exposure of the "country to U.S. imperialism."

The declaration, titled "Obama Out of Argentina," presents the following argument:

"We condemn the presence of U.S. President Barack Obama as head of the most powerful imperialist state on earth in our country, who together with other world powers and other reactionary forces is responsible not only for the vast majority of the sufferings of our people but of the peoples of the world.

"This is shown by the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and many more countries that endure the direct or indirect military aggression of this power, which also has secret prisons and torture centers such as the one it openly exhibits in Guantanamo.

"The date of Obama's visit coincides with the 40th anniversary of the coup of March 24, 1976, for which the U.S. was responsible together with other imperialist powers and reactionary forces in Argentina.

"This is therefore a provocation of the people which we cannot accept.

"Nor can we forget the role of that power in support of English imperialism during the Falklands War.

"President Macri has agreed to this visit under an agreement between his government and U.S. Federal Judge Griesa and vulture funds, which represents a new twist to the mechanism of indebtedness and fraudulent looting, which is exactly what began under the dictatorship of Videla and Martinez Hoz, and then ultimately validated successive constitutional governments.

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"Today we see that the national government as well as the provinces prepare to jump again into national debt and usury. While secret agreements such as YPF-Chevron continue to be signed and laws enacted such as the 'Terrorism Act,' new advances are also made in the field of 'security' and the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, which goes against the interests of the people and of Argentina.

"It is because of all these reasons that we repudiate the visit of US President Barack Obama and call for a mass mobilization on March 24, exactly 40 years after the genocidal coup, also in opposition to his presence in our country.

"Forty years after the genocidal coup, we are still fighting against impunity for the past and the present. Currently there are 30,000 disappeared detainees among our comrades.

"Obama out of Argentina! No to the agreement, No to looting and no to repression from Macri and provincial governments!"

Macri, the increasingly unpopular Argentine leader, has reversed many of the policies of former Argentine president, the leftist Cristina Kirchner.

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