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Argentines Take to the Streets to Defend Public Education

  • Millions of people fill Mayo Square and surrounding streets, Buenos Aires, April 23, 2024.

    Millions of people fill Mayo Square and surrounding streets, Buenos Aires, April 23, 2024. | Photo: X/ @dmnicolosi

Published 24 April 2024

After Milei's statements that "There Is No Money" for universities, citizens reacted strongly to demand budgets for educational institutions.

On Tuesday, millions of citizens took to the streets of several Argentine cities to protest against far-right President Javier Milei and his policies against public education.


Argentines March Against Milei's Budget Cuts to Universities

The city of Cordoba was the scene of the beginning of the marches of students, teachers, professionals, and workers rejecting budget cuts. Throughout the day, millions more Argentines joined the protests, especially in Buenos Aires.

Mariela Marchisio, the vice-rector of the National University of Cordoba, explained that the university is always audited and joined the University Federal March that marched through the streets of the provincial capital.

The march in defense of public universities in Cordoba was massive. It crossed much of the city center, from the Monument to the University Reform of '19 to the Patio Olmos.

In Buenos Aires, protesters arrived at the Congress, where the Federal Police placed barriers to prevent the passage of citizens. The gathering of students, teachers, and non-teachers was at 3:30 PM and around 6:00 PM, the central speech was read in May Square.

During the mobilization, participants expressed their rejection of Milei's policies and reiterated their commitment to the fight in defense of public education.

"The Buenos Aires University has always had problems but education was never questioned. The government aims to defund not only the university but also the state and boasts about it. We have to take to the streets against a state that devalues everything that has been a social construction and the educational community," said Patricio Torres, a man who works in a brewery.

After Milei's statements that "There is no money" for universities, Argentines reacted strongly by seeking to defend education and demand budgets for educational institutions.

"The importance of sustaining, defending, and rethinking public universities is starting to be questioned. Before Milei, you could study. Our university worked, had an adequate budget, and our teachers received their salaries. Now, however, everything is getting difficult," said Julián Araoz, a young student who traveled from Tucuman to Buenos Aires to join the protest.


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