Thousands Protest G20 in Buenos Aires
As world leaders arrived in Buenos Aires on Friday for the annual G20 summit, thousands of protestors marched in the capital against the G20’s economic policies.
Police locked down the city in preparation for the summit, cordoning off a 12-square-kilometer area around the Costa Salguero convention center where the G20 is being held. Over 22,000 security forces have been deployed to the capital.
Protests and unrest in the capital, along with recent security incidents, have prompted the lockdown of the city. Friday was even declared a holiday, with government officials encouraging residents of Buenos Aires to leave for the weekend to avoid the summit.
However, protests have continued outside of Congress, located about 5 kilometers from the G20. Protesters march in protest of G20’s capitalist economic policies, which many say benefit multinational corporations, exploit workers and promote neoliberalism in Latin America.
Marches are also being held to protest the G20’s ineffectiveness in addressing climate change and migration, as well as the presence of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who has been the subject of international condemnation following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Groups such as the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo are also marching, using the international attention on the summit to promote their cause. The Madres began marching 40 years ago during the military dictatorship, demanding answers and accountability for the deaths of around 30,000 people who disappeared during that time.
The summit was an opportunity to present Argentina as a stable, prosperous country. However, Argentina has been rocked by a severe recession and inflation, which prompted President Mauricio Macri to turn to the IMF for a loan in November, sparking the mass protests in the capital.