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Demonstrators led by students and unions gathered in front of the presidential palace in Buenos Aires to protest the severe budget cuts affecting the country’s public universities. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 24.04.2024 02:30:26

Economy and business: On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands were out in the streets of the capital, Buenos Aires, to protest against the government’s cut in funding for the country’s state universities.

The demonstration is the largest to date against President Milei’s extensive austerity measures. It adds to the growing tension as a result of the severe cuts, which have been introduced to ease the budget deficit. They also have major consequences for Argentines, not least in the public sector.

“Defend the universities”, “It’s a right to study” and “Up with the budgets, down with Milei’s plan” were among the slogans of Tuesday’s protests – in and outside Buenos Aires – which were supported by the trade unions.

– I am here to defend the public universities, says the 82-year-old architect Pedro Palm. He himself studied at the well-respected University of Buenos Aires, which recently announced that it may have to close due to budget cuts.

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