Argentina: Thousands demand govt help for those in poverty amid ongoing COVID-19 lockdown

Thousands marched through Buenos Aires on Thursday, protesting against COVID-19 lockdown measures decreed by the government and demanding authorities provide aid to the most vulnerable among the population. «The government is very quick to help big business, for example, and very slow to solve the problems of the most disadvantaged sectors,» said Ricardo Acuna, a protester. «You can't stay in your house locked up, your children ask you for something to eat, your family asks you for something to eat, then you are obliged to look for a changa (temporary and informal labour) to be able to feed yourself,» Acuna said. Another protester, Tamara Rosas, said that they «still don't have a response from the government, we are asking for massive tests, we are asking for the food emergency that we have in the poorest neighbourhoods [to be addressed] and we don't have answers yet, that's why we are in the streets today». According to reports, similar demonstrations have taken place in several Argentinian provinces, which have been under quarantine since March 20 due to the coronavirus. So far Argentina has registered 25,987 cases of coronavirus and 741 deaths related to the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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