Thousands march against Argentine government

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 September, 2012, 1:23pm
UPDATED : Friday, 14 September, 2012, 1:36pm

Thousands of Argentines marched on Thursday night in cities around the country to express their anger at the government of President Cristina Fernandez.

 The pot-banging protests known as “cacerolazos” are an Argentine tradition, but this was the largest yet since Fernandez began imposing populist policies that have dug deep into the pocketbooks and lifestyles of the middle and upper classes.

 Organising the rallies through social networks, they had no speakers and no clear allegiance to any political party, but many carried signs criticisng corruption and crime along with inflation that has soared above 25 per cent a year. Defending the constitution was another rallying cry: Many Argentines fear Fernandez will use her control of

Congress to do away with term limits and try to stay in power for a third term.