In Argentina, Social Unrest but No Political Alternative to Kirchner

By Jonathan Gilbert, on , Briefing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is battling an angry middle class, disgruntled unions and the country’s biggest media group. But despite growing social unrest and her own falling popularity ratings, the defiant Kirchner has vowed not to diverge from her left-wing model.

Hundreds of thousands of Argentines protested across the country on Nov. 8 against what they view as Kirchner’s creeping authoritarianism. The mass demonstration, dubbed 8N, was followed by the nation’s first general strike in more than a decade on Nov. 20. Media conglomerate Clarín, meanwhile, is refusing to adhere to an anti-monopoly law set to go into effect Dec. 7, calling it an unconstitutional suppression of free speech. ...

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