In Argentina, feminists and LGBT groups challenge Javier Milei

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04/08/2024

Around a hundred women, transgender, and non-binary people gathered on Wednesday, March 6 on the patio of the Hotel Hector Quagliaro in Buenos Aires, loaned by the ATE civil servants’ union. On the wall hangs a green banner from the “Campaign for Legal Abortion.” Trade unionists, representatives of neighborhood assemblies, the working classes, indigenous peoples, and the Afro community – all answered the call to prepare for International Women’s Day. Libertarian and conservative president Javier Milei has been in office since December 10, 2023, and Argentinian feminism seems to be finally waking up. With two days before the March 8 mobilization, the latest preparatory meeting is fine-tuning the details. One committee is reviewing the march to circumvent the order aimed at obstructing demonstrations, implemented by Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich as soon as she took office; another is busy drafting the text to be read on the Plaza del Congreso in Buenos Aires. Discussions were heated, but the assembly agreed to show a united front in the face of the austerity policies pursued by Milei, and his assaults on the achievements of the feminist and LGBT movements.

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