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Drone footage shows gridlocked Buenos Aires as Argentines protest against government

Members of leftist organizations hold signs during a protest against economic measures taken by the government of Argentine President Alberto Fernandez in Buenos Aires on September 17, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Reuters)

Traffic came to a standstill in Buenos Aires on Saturday as large crowds turned out on foot and in their cars to protest against the government of President Alberto Fernandez.

Protesters expressed a number of grievances against the Fernandez government, ranging from the state of the economy, lockdown measures across the country, and proposed judicial reform.

Latin America's third-largest economy was in a deep crisis already before the pandemic hit. The health crisis is now expected to shrink around 12% this year, driving millions into poverty and leaving almost six out of every ten children and adolescents below the poverty line, United Nations data show.

Argentina's government has also launched a bid to reform the judiciary by increasing the number of federal courts, diluting the power of those that already exist, in what critics have labelled as an attempt to manipulate the court system.

As of Saturday, Argentina has reported over 620,000 coronavirus cases and more than 12,700 deaths.

(Source: Reuters) 

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