Argentina: Teachers go on strike over education cuts and IMF bailout

Teachers went on strike in defence of public education in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. They have threatened to join a general strike against a proposed bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The 48-hour strike began on Tuesday and was backed by 90 percent of members, according to a Buenos Aires union federation. President Mauricio Macri's decision to request $30 billion (€25 billion... Еще) from the IMF to shore up the tumbling national currency has come under harsh criticism. The measures, designed to boost market confidence, have sparked fears of a repeat of the devastating financial crisis in 2001, which Argentineans call the 'corralito.’

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