Thousands of demonstrators marched through Buenos Aires on Wednesday, February 13, to protest high unemployment rates and austerity measures. Demonstrators gathered from 10:00 (local time) at various points throughout the capital city, notably in the Montserrat neighborhood, and will reportedly march to the Ministry of Social Development. Rallies were also reported at the intersection of Godoy Cruz and Paraguay, on Avenida Roque Sáenz Peña, Plaza Constitución, and at various points along Avenida 9 de Julio. A heightened security presence and widespread transportation disruptions are to be expected through the end of the day on Wednesday.
Additionally, labor unions, including the Argentine Workers' Union (CTA) and the Truckers' Federation, have called for protests in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, February 26. A heightened security presence as well as localized traffic disruptions are likely around the vicinity of any demonstration.
Unions are denouncing recent government economic measures, including nationwide increases in the price of public services and transport, as well as tariffs and austerity policies.
Individuals in Buenos Aires and other urban centers are advised to anticipate localized transportation disruptions around protest sites and to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution.