Teacher unions from the Buenos Aires Province published statements announcing a 48-hour strike over labor-related disputes, slated to take place on October 8-9. Additionally, a demonstration will take place in central Buenos Aires on October 8, with protesters gathering outside the House of the Province of Buenos Aires, located in the vicinity of the National Congress. Reports indicate that on October 5 the governor of Buenos Aires Province, María Eugenia Vidal, called unions’ representatives to meet on October 11 to find a compromise. However, union sources have confirmed that the strike and the demonstrations will take place notwithstanding. The same unions have thus far carried out 22 strikes in 2018.
While the demonstration is purportedly intended to be peaceful, precedent suggests that violent incidents are liable to take place, including vandalism against public and private property. This assessment is underscored by surmounting grievances against the government due to expected budget cuts. Although security forces will likely monitor the demonstration as it unfolds, unless the event devolves into generalized violence, police is unlikely to forcefully evict protesters. In any event, traffic disruptions will most likely be witnessed in Buenos Aires’ city center during the morning and afternoon hours.
Those residing or operating in Buenos Aires on October 8 are advised to exercise vigilance in Buenos Aires’ center, and to anticipate traffic disruptions.