Argentina: Police, Protesters Clash as Senate Passes Reform Bill

Argentina: Police, Protesters Clash as Senate Passes Reform Bill
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The Facts

  • Riot police and anti-government protesters clashed outside Argentina's National Congress in Buenos Aires on Wednesday as the Senate voted 37 to 36 to approve a 238-article reform bill and a fiscal package.

  • Security forces used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds after demonstrators surged toward isolated streets surrounding the central square and threw sticks, stones, and Molotov cocktails.

The Spin

Right narrative

Milei took over a country in the depths of unprecedented economic and political turmoil, and he's already turning it around in six months. Once a beacon of Western excellence, Argentina was driven to a societal low due to leftist regimes, but Argentina is enjoying the start of a promising recovery. Milei's market-based reforms are saving Argentina.

Left narrative

Argentina's self-declared anarcho-capitalist has so far aggravated recession, increased poverty to 55%, and increased annual inflation to 300%. Given that austerity has failed several times in Argentina, popular opposition to such measures is anything but surprising. If approved, these reforms will further undermine living conditions in the Latin American nation.

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