The street protest showed the confluence between official and opposition movements
The street mobilization this Thursday revealed the confluence between opposition and official social movements when submitting claims to the Government. Groups aligned with the Frente de Todos, such as the Union of Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP), and those opposed to the ruling party, such as the leftist groups of the Piquetero Unit. With the demand for an emergency income as a common denominator, they staged a heterogeneous alliance that they had already anticipated yesterday, in shared neighborhood assemblies, and that will be reissued tomorrow and next week, with meetings and a new mobilization.
On the official side of the social movements, leaders who make up the UTEP, such as John Grabois (Movement of Excluded Workers); referents of the Evita Movement as Esteban “Gringo” Castro, Fernando “Chino” Navarro Y Gildo Onorato; or from the Classist and Combative Current, like the deputy Juan Carlos Alderete, among others. On the opposing side, Edward Belliboni (Worker Pole), Monica Sulle (MDT-Teresa Vive) and Silvia Sarah (Libres del Sur) were some of the main referents.
Grabois said at the march that “the claims are very similar” and raised coincidences with the request for an extraordinary bonus made by leftist picketers. The amounts differ by $5,000: Grabois claims a reinforcement of $15,000; the Piquetero Unit, for $20,000.
With the coincidence in the streets (there were joint photos between the leaders and support for the speeches), Belliboni asked the official social movements to detach themselves from Alberto Fernandez and of Cristina Kirchner. “We call on social organizations to break with the government and take to the streets”said the leader of the Polo Obrero, the piquetero arm of the Partido Obrero.
“It is not less than UTEP or Grabois have come and we have gone. It is not less than tomorrow [por este viernes] we have a meeting to see how we continue, “said Sulle. That meeting will define a new march in which the sectors related to and opposed to the Government will converge, to claim against recent raids on community dining halls and once again request a reinforcement of income.
On July 20, in addition, the groups that respond to Grabois and those on the left will march against the measures announced by the Minister of Economy, Silvina Batakis.
Onorato scored matches, although with some difference. He said that some of the UTEP leaders would be in the Plaza de Mayo (where the left convened) as a “gesture of solidarity,” but that “there is no political convergence.”
Also exist differences around a central claim: Grabois and some referents of official organizations demand that the Government apply a Universal Basic Salary, which is expected at about 16,000 pesos, although there is more than one proposal. The idea was replicated by Cristina Kirchner and defended by leaders of The Camporaafter the vice president repudiated the “outsourcing” of the State’s social action in the hands of the piquetero groups.
For the Piquetero Unit and some pro-government groups, that Universal Basic Salary amounts to a recoil against the cooperatives of the Mejorar Trabaja (which receive about 22,000 pesos) and order the work in the neighborhoods, but they also understand that it is the spearhead of Kirchnerism to eliminate them from the equation and defund the organizations.
The alignment of social movements had been outlined the day before yesterday. In the hall of the Plaza Constitución station, Grabois and Belliboni shared an assembly with criticism of the government’s measures.