​Gendarmerie personnel in riot gear stand by demonstrators blocking the Pan-American highway in Buenos Aires on April 10, 2014, during the general strike in Argentina

Gendarmerie personnel in riot gear stand by demonstrators blocking the Pan-American highway in Buenos Aires on April 10, 2014, during the general strike in Argentina. A strike promoted by three out of five workers' unions started at midnight demanding to the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to take measures against inflation and an adjustment in the price of services. Argentina braced Wednesday for a major strike in a fresh challenge to President Cristina Kirchner amid growing public discontent over high inflation and crime.

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General Strike Grips Argentina

Over one million turn out for action to denounce government policies

A 24-hour general strike gripped Argentina on Thursday, bringing many public services to a halt.

Unions say over one million workers took part in this second strike the administration of Cristina Fernandez has faced. The strike's focus was to denounce the country's low wage increases in the face of high inflation, as well as other policies, like cuts in utility subsidies and salary caps, critics say are unfair to workers and are fomenting social unrest.

The strike stopped public transportation, forced the cancellation of flights, blockaded roads, and resulted in some clashes between police and protesters.

From Spanish news agency EFE:

"The strike has been a success from the outset," labor leader and congressman Nestor Pitrola said, adding that "a new stage has been launched" in the unions' struggle, "which began with the teachers strike and continues with this strike that seeks to define where the country is heading."

Spearheading the strike was Hugo Moyano, head of the General Confederation of Labor, and former Fernandez ally.

Moyano said the strike was a sign of people's "anger and disenchantment," and that the president must respond to this message from the people.

Euronews and TeleSur (in Spanish with English subtitles) have video below:

Argentina general strike brings Buenos Aires to a haltProtesters brought Buenos Aires to a standstill on Thursday during a 24 hour general strike against high inflation and taxes.

Strike in Argentina blocks access and paralyzes transport systemThe national strike in Argentina, which was organized by the main opposition unions and workers, began on Thursday at midnight ...

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