Sunday, August 11, 2013

Elecciones Primarias de Argentina

Just last week, seated on the second floor of a Starbucks on Avenida Callao with a view of the street below, I witnessed my very first manifestación.
The march I saw was for this group in particular.
http://infocielo.com/nota/45672/docentes_de_udocba_continuan_con_el_paro/

In the past few weeks, manifestaciones, political protests, have filled the streets of Buenos Aires with the aim to demonstrate against corruption, crime, and inflation just before Primary Election Day arrived.
Masses gather at Plaza de Mayo, in front of the presidential office,
to protest the government under Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Source: The Sacramento Bee

Source: The Sacramento Bee
"Enough corruption!"
"¡Basta!" is a popular cacerolazo, a demonstration for which
protestors bang on pots and pans.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
















That day is today, the Eleventh of August, in the year of our Lord, 2013.

Today, citizens across the country are returning to their pueblos to cast mandatory votes. It's difficult to say which way this election will go, though personally, I have heard a lot of anti-Kirchner sentiments in the time I've been here. Many say Cristina Fernández is responsible for the dramatic inflation the country has experienced in its recent past. High-profile corruption (including corruption within the police force, etc.) is also a huge concern for Argentinians.
Movie star? No. Incumbent Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. 

To read a bit about the election standing:
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2013/0811/It-s-for-or-against-Kirchner-in-Argentina-and-its-primary-elections

The thing about elections in Argentina is that with every new president, another page is turned - making a rather hefty book full of turbulent history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_heads_of_state_of_Argentina

Al final, we'll have to wait and see who will be added to that list of leaders... or, possibly, who will remain.