Argentineans protest against Kirchner
14 September 2012, 12:34
Buenos Aires - Thousands have taken to the streets
in Argentina to protest against an initiative to change the constitution
to allow President Cristina Kirchner to run for a third term in three
Protesters in front of the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires
banged pots and pans together - a symbolic reference to the country's
2001 economic crisis - and held signs proclaiming "No to re-election"
late on Thursday.
The demonstrators also protested against
draconian measures taken in recent months to limit the purchase of
foreign currency. Similar protests were held in the cities of Rosario,
Cordoba and Mendoza.
Argentina has implemented drastic measures
to control foreign exchange since the end of 2011, in a bid to preserve
its monetary reserves slated to repay the country's debt.
reserves shrank nearly $6bn to $46.6bn in a matter of months, prompting
Kirchner's government to slap tight controls on the currency market by
limiting dollar purchases.
A movement of pro-government
intellectuals calling itself Carta Abierta (Open Letter) has launched an
initiative to allow Kirchner to seek a new term in three years. She has
not commented on the matter.
Kirchner was elected in 2007 and
won re-election last year with 54% of the vote, but the Argentine
constitution sets a two-term limit.
The government holds a majority in Congress, but does not have the two-thirds majority necessary to change the constitution.
Argentina will hold mid-term elections in October 2013.