Scores of Argentines flooded the emblematic Plaza de Mayo Thursday night in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires to demand the resignation of President Mauricio Macri over his involvement in the Panama Papers scandal, as well as his harsh austerity policies that include ongoing mass firings of public workers.
Macri was listed as a director of Fleg Trading, a Bahamas-based company managed by Mossack-Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm from which the Panama Papers originated. In asset declarations in 2007 and 2008, made when he was mayor of Buenos Aires, Macri did not disclose his connection to the company. Argentine lawmakers may launch an investigation into the president for financial crimes.
Opponents to the right-wing president also took to the streets of the southeast port city of Mar del Plata, where they also demanded that he step down.
"We are here to condemn the policies of the national government, but also those of provincial and municipal governments," Patricia Gordon, head of the NGO En Red, which called the protest in Mar del Plata, told teleSUR.
Macri is one of a few world leaders who has been implicated in the Panama Papers corruption scandal. However unlike the others, he was directly implicated — and not via close associates.
On Thursday Macri said he had nothing to hide after a federal prosecutor called for an investigation. He said he would ask the judiciary about the investigation into his offshore holdings.
Macri's presidency, which began in December 2015, has been plagued by nationwide protests over his harsh, repressive policies, which include mass layoffs, attacks on the media and targetted repression against his political opponents.