November 9, 2012
The Cacerolazos protests, named, after the cooking pots and pans participants hit to draw attention to problems they say are growing in their country, have been brewing in Argentina over government policies for over a month, and it went global yesterday, when clanking pots and pans rang out in a neighbourhood in Miami, Little Buenos Aires. Marches in New York, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Sydney have also reportedly taken place. One of the primary issues facing the country is the possibility that President Kirchner could amend constitution and run for election for a third term.
After Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s husband, the former President of Argentina, Nestor Kirchner, died of a heart attack in 2010, she succeeded him as the country’s first elected female president. Although constitutionally prohibited from running for another term in 2015, her supporters in congress have been lobbying for an amendment to the constitution.
The President’s popularity has been in decline since her re-election last year, partly because of the economy. Although officially Argentina’s annual inflation rate is 12%, the IMF gave the nation three months to provide more reliable estimates. Fresh protests were ignited a week after Argentinian legislators passed a new measure lowering the nation’s voting age from 18 to 16, a year before mid-term elections are scheduled to be held in Argentina. This is giving rise to concerns over the possibilities that it is an attempt by the ruling party to garner more votes and seek a third term. Waving flags, thousands of protestors voiced their dissatisfaction over crime rates, inflation and political corruption.Osmi Anannya