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Police use tear gas to force protesters near Argentine Congress building off roadway

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 The police used tear gas to force protesters in front of the Argentine Congress building off the roadway, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Earlier, protesters occupied one of the streets near the parliament building, which, according to the rules of the country’s new authorities, gives the police the right to use force.

Argentine Congress lawmakers on Friday generally supported the package of bills proposed by President Javier Milei, excluding from it a significant number of provisions for further discussion and voting. Protesters who gathered near the Argentine Congress were dissatisfied with the results of the vote in Congress on the reforms of President Milei, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

In December 2023, President Milei signed an emergency decree proposing over 300 reforms in all economic and social sectors, including the extension of the probationary period for workers to eight months, the elimination of several fines for employers, and the abolition of the unemployment insurance fund. The country’s unions have challenged the proposals in court.

The devaluation of the national currency, a sharp rise in prices, the lack of wage growth and any relief in the near future from the new government, the promised privatization and dollarization forced many people to take to the streets. Since Milei came to power, trade unions and left-wing movements have held several large protests and a strike involving thousands of people.

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