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(en) Argentina, MEDIA, Thousands of unemployed march to end hunger (it, pt)

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Date Thu, 5 Dec 2002 16:20:03 -0500 (EST)

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BUENOS AIRES --Thousands of Argentines marched through the
streets of the capital Wednesday, stopping in front of
supermarkets to demand food donations to feed the needy. 

Demonstrators carried Argentine flags and raised anti-government
banners as they called on grocery store managers to willingly
hand over bags of food. 

The largely peaceful protest was the second in as many days of
what march organizers called a "demonstration to end hunger." 

Similar protests where being held in other cities across

Most of the requests appeared to go unheeded as demonstrators
quietly turned away from storefronts and continued marching
peacefully toward a downtown plaza in front of the presidential

Some store owners pulled down metal gates over their
storefronts, fearing violence similar to the food riots and
looting that swept Argentina last year. 

Buenos Aires Gov. Felipe Sola said he ordered police to tighten
security during the protest to prevent demonstrators from
lingering at grocery stores. 

Four years of painful economic recession, 22 percent
unemployment and a collapse in social aid have led to widespread
problems in Argentina, once considered South America's most
prosperous nation. 

Now half [!] of the country's 37 million people live below the
poverty line. Each week piqueteros blockade main highways into
Buenos Aires in protest at lack of work. 

[Source: AP (with additional material by BBC). 4 December 2002. ]

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