Argentina’s cauldrons of unrest

The sight of volunteers stirring giant, steaming cauldrons of food is hard to avoid these days in the Argentinian capital.

These “ollas” have been installed in visually prominent locations across Buenos Aires as part of the “Hambre No” (No To Hunger) campaign, which activists hope will to draw attention to burgeoning child and adolescent malnutrition in the poorer neighborhoods of the capital.

As noted previously in The Daylighter, the Ollas movement in Argentina is complex, controversial, and has resulted in a sometimes violent backlash against its organizers and sympathizers.

The movement is in response to neoliberal economic policies, including austerity measures linked to loans from the International Monetary Fund, that protestors say are increasing poverty and related social ills.

Source: Pagina12 (Argentina)

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