February 28, 2021

Social movements reject the "recipe" of the IMF adjustment in Argentina



Argentine social organizations marched on Tuesday to repudiate the economic "recipe" that the Government applies under the guidance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in the middle of the election campaign for the primary elections next Sunday.

Hundreds of people gathered in the streets of downtown Buenos Aires to criticize the fiscal "adjustment" involved in the financial program signed in 2018 between the Mauricio Macri Executive and the multilateral credit agency.

"The Government is complying with the recipe that the IMF dictates and that has to do with destroying small and medium-sized businesses and regional economies, which makes it more and more unemployed and it is much harder to reverse the poverty situation" , the national coordinator of Barrios de Pie, Silvia Saravia, told Efe.

In the first quarter of 2019 the unemployment rate registered an increase of one point with respect to the same period last year and reached 10.1%, which represents 1,338,000 people.

These data are given in the middle of the economic recession that broke out as of the second quarter of 2018, when an abrupt devaluation of the Argentine peso led the Government of Mauricio Macri to request a loan of more than 56,000 million dollars to the IMF that entails strong tax adjustments

"Unfortunately, the majority electoral options are considering the continuity of that agreement with the IMF in a different way," said the member of the national table of the Workers' Pole, Eduardo Belliboni, and indicated that his movement is in favor of "the rupture with the Fund" .

Among the demands made by both movements, they highlighted the creation of genuine work and the incorporation of more and better food for the soup kitchens to alleviate the food emergency that, according to Saravia, the Government has not yet recognized.

"The solution to poverty is to create decent jobs and the rest are Band-Aids (adhesive dressings)," criticized the representative of Barrios de Pie, who advocated discussing "a new country project," although he acknowledged that they do not have "very good EXPECTATIVES".

Poverty in Argentina in the second half of 2018 was 32%, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec), while child structural poverty, based on a report from the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA), reached 41.2% in 2018.

"In the conurbano (urban belt of Buenos Aires) three out of every four children (children) are poor. That situation is very serious for any country. The reality is that they need to consume dairy products, fruits, meats, and all that is out of their diet. usual, "said Saravia.

In addition, he criticized that social canteens are receiving less and less food from the Government and shared that in the next report they will publish about the size and weight of some 11,000 Argentine children, malnutrition worsened and cases of malnutrition were detected.

"Poverty cannot wait, hunger cannot wait, the situation of children cannot wait," he added.

"The population cannot wait for October," Belliboni reiterated, when the new government will be elected.

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