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Protests erupt in Argentina over rail worker’s murder

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Tens of thousands of trade unionists struck and took to the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday and Thursday of last week over the killing of left wing rail worker and student Mariano Ferreyra.
Issue 2225
Protester with Mariano poster
Protester with Mariano poster

Tens of thousands of trade unionists struck and took to the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday and Thursday of last week over the killing of left wing rail worker and student Mariano Ferreyra.

Trade unionists in the left wing CTA trade union

federation and other activists marched to the Plaza de Mayo—home of the presidential palace.

Mariano was shot on Wednesday of last week while protesting for the reinstatement of 1,500 sacked rail workers on the Roca Line.

He was a member of the left wing Workers Party.

Two other party members were wounded in the incident and one is in critical condition.

They are accusing President Fernandez’s government of covering up the culpability of the right wing trade union bureaucracy in Argentina’s other big trade union federation, the CGT, for the murder and violence.

The Railways Union is part of the CGT and its leader on the Roca line, Pablo Diaz, has now been arrested for the murder of Mariano.

The CGT leadership supported the privatisation of the railway network and has been in constant conflict with activists opposing privatisation.

The Workers Party alleges police stood by while the violence took place and that CGT members took part.

Hugo Yasky, leader of the CTA federation, said it was time to end “the complicity between business groups and trade unions which act as their shock troops”.

With thanks to Alejandra Crosta and Norman MacLean

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