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    Activists took to the streets to demand more state help. | Photo: Front of Organizations in Struggle

Published 26 September 2017

Protesters are demanding that Congress pass a Social Emergency law to address rising food scarcity, among other issues.

Political and social organizations in Argentina are marching to demand that the government of President Mauricio Macri approve a social emergency law to tackle hunger in the country.

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The organizations, joined by members of labor unions, are protesting under the slogan “Hunger Can’t Wait.”

Since the early hours of the morning, activists marched across Buenos Aires in the direction of the city’s signature obelisk, where they will organize a community fair with “solidarity kitchens” to deliver food to those in need. They will later head to Congress to demand that it approve their proposed Social Emergency Law.

“We propose zero indigence in this city,” Communities on Foot organizer Daniel Menendez told Clarin. His group is one of many grassroots organizations backing the law.

“Eradicating it is not a hard effort since it (indigence) represents only seven percent of the population.”

The Social Emergency Law calls for the creation of a complementary salary and a council to organize all workers who are in need of state assistance through social security programs. 

Since Macri took power in 2016, the Argentine government has carried out mass cuts to social programs across the country, including community pantry initiatives.


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