Social resistance to Neoliberalism under President Macri in Argentina

On 17th November three ASC members spoke at Middlesex University’s Latin American Studies Research Group seminar.

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The election of President Mauricio Macri and the conservative Cambiemos coalition in Argentina marks a crossroads for Latin America. As the first right-wing government elected in the country’s post-dictatorship history, it has already introduced a package of neoliberal reforms that have squeezed wages, caused tens of thousands of redundancies, caused the cost of living and utility bills to rocket, deepened poverty and the recession and generated spiralling debt. Human rights and gender equality have also been under attack. However around the country unions, neighbours and civil society groups are starting to mobilise to fight back against these damaging reforms on an enormous scale. This panel analyses the first twelve months of President Macri’s government and focuses on the multitude of resistances that are emerging to it. Given this scenario we ask “is the conservatism counter-offensive in Argentina sustainable?”

You can hear to the podcast here.

It included the following talks:

03:52 mins: Dan Ozarow “Here, There & Everywhere: Resistance to from the neighbourhood to the Casa Rosada during the Cambiemos government”

45:05 mins: Martina Rodríguez “The Argentinian Feminist Resistance: Standing against ‘machismo’ and neoliberalism”

1:28:35 mins: Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez “The Labour Movement Fights Back: Strikes, marches & other worker actions under the Macri Presidency”

And was chaired by Dr Francisco Dominguez



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