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Argentines will demand the release of detained protesters

Buenos Aires, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) Members of social, union, political, and human rights defender groups in Argentina will participate in a mobilization in the Plaza de Mayo in the capital to demand the release of those detained in the demonstrations on the 12th of June.

Under the motto “Protesting is not a crime”, relatives of detainees and members of the Front of Organizations in Struggle, the Press Union of Buenos Aires, the State Workers Association, and the Central Workers-Autonomous (CTA-A), among others, will reach the vicinity of the Casa Rosada to demand the closure of the cases opened against dozens of people. They will also advocate “the cessation of persecution and the criminalization of protest.”

Last Wednesday, the Senate voted on the Law Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines (aka Omnibus Law) that grants legislative powers for one year to Milei, under the pretext of declaring a public emergency in administrative, economic, financial, and energetic matters.

Thousands of citizens tried to reach Congress to express their rejection of these regulations, but the area was fenced and surrounded by members of the Airport Security Police, the Federal Police, the Gendarmerie, and the Prefecture who used gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets against them.

According to the CTA-A, at least 200 people were injured and more than 30 were arrested. Although 17 were released from prison, 16 remain arrested and face charges of serious crimes against the democratic order, in line with the accusations of terrorism and coup d’état made by the Government.

In a joint statement, entities such as the Grandmothers and Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, the Relatives of the Disappeared and Detained for Political Reasons, Children, and the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights expressed their concern about what happened and repudiated the classification of the protesters as “terrorists.”