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Nationwide strike in Argentina on September 24-25, large demonstrations expected in Buenos Aires

The Central de Trabajadores de Argentina (CTA) and the Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), two of the country’s largest unions, have published statements announcing a series of industrial actions to protest against the government’s economic policies and perceived social grievances. While the CTA has called supporters to demonstrate and strike for 36 hours starting on September 24, the CGT has called its membership to strike without necessarily taking to the streets. A large demonstration is expected on September 24 at Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo at 15:00 (local time). Further demonstrations are expected across urban areas, including Córdoba and Rosario. Additionally, public transportation services will reportedly be widely affected across the country. Reports also indicate that flight disruptions are highly likely to take place, potentially affecting Buenos Aires’ International Airport (EZE) and Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP).

Ample precedent suggests that protests across large urban areas are likely to attract large turnouts, especially in Buenos Aires’ city center. Previous demonstrations conducted by the same organizers featured roadblocks along the 9 de Julio Avenue, leading to scuffles between passersby, drivers, and protesters. Although earlier protests of this kind have not resulted in vandalism, violent far-left activists are liable to infiltrate protest actions, given growing social grievances in the country. That said, security forces are not likely to engage or evict demonstrators due to political considerations. Apart from Buenos Aires, traffic and travel disruptions will most likely be witnessed in large urban areas, particularly in the vicinity of key ministerial and government buildings.

Those operating or traveling to and from Argentina are advised to anticipate wide travel disruptions on September 24-25, including flight delays and cancellations, due to the aforementioned strikes and labor actions.

Those operating in urban areas, especially Buenos Aires’ city center, are advised to exercise vigilance and avoid the vicinity of demonstrations, given the potential for violence and scuffles between demonstrators and passersby.

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