Social movements and left-wing organizations prepare marches and mobilizations against the Omnibus Law that will be debated in Congress

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The social movements that are part of the Frente de Todos and that are grouped in the Popular Economy Workers Union (UTEP) and the Piquetera Unit experienced the decision of the government of Javier Milei to remove the “tax chapter” of the Omnibus Law that is scheduled to be debated on Tuesday in the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation; but they called the economy minister’s Friday night announcement, Luis Caputoas “insufficient” and ratified the forceful measures that some and others had planned to carry out as a protest against that initiative, the Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU) promulgated by the President and the “Anti-picketing Protocol”, implemented by the Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich.

Among the forceful measures, two stand out: the mobilizations at supermarkets and hypermarkets throughout the country to demand food for soup kitchens, organized by the UTEP; and the march that the Piquetera Unit and combative unions will carry out in front of the National Congress as a measure of pressure on the legislators who will be dealing with the norm sent by the Executive Branch and that until now does not have a majority consensus to be approved, at least as approved in the plenary session of committees majority opinion.

In an effort to get the votes he lacks, the head of the Treasury Palace announced, in a surprising way: “There is dissent in the economic chapter, we have listened to all of them and we share many of those complaints. We have had to make uncomfortable decisions to reach zero deficit, but in no way do we want what we believe is necessary and urgent to be delayed due to this fiscal chapter.” And he added: “Based on this situation, we have decided to withdraw the fiscal chapter of the Base Law to facilitate its approval (in Congress). This will speed up times and facilitate the situation for many governors.”

The UTEP will hold a national march on Thursday in front of the supermarkets to demand food and complain about the “lack of answers” by Javier Milei’s government Photo NA: CLAUDIA CONTERIS/DPzzzz

Regarding this decision, taken three days after the massive 12-hour march and general strike led by the CGT, and accompanied by social organizations, unions, neighborhood assemblies and left-wing parties; Juan Grabois, a representative of the Movement of Excluded Workers (MTE) and the Frente Patria Grande, expressed: “First, I want to see the text of the law because they are cheating a lot. They already did the most important thing they wanted to do, which was liquidate the salary yours, that of retirees, that of pensioners, that of the disabled, the income of informal workers, through the most important measure they took, which was a devaluation of 118%. That is, even if they lowered the entire DNU and even if they lowered the entire law, “The wild devaluation is basically the center, the heart of the adjustment.”

The presidential candidate of Unión por la Patria also set out his position regarding the position that the political and social space to which he is aligned will take: “Not letting ourselves be intimidated in the storm is the only way to resist until we can unfold the sails again to advance. Down with the DNU, the law and the protocol (anti-picketing). Let’s be attentive. Not one less right, not one more privilege”.

Eduardo Belliboni, leader of the Polo Obrero and driving force of the Piquetera Unit, wrote ironically on his social networks about the Government’s decision: “The strikes are useless,” right? Apple. ¡Let’s go, DNU and the Omnibus Law can be defeated! On the 30th to Congress. The CGT has to call a new Strike!”

Eduardo Belliboni of the Polo Obrero and Juan Grabois, social leader, lawyer and politician, were skeptical about the withdrawal of the “tax chapter” of the Omnibus Law and called on citizens to remain mobilized

Belliboni was referring to the mobilization that the Piquetera Unit, leftist parties and grassroots and combative unions will carry out in front of the National Congress to express their rejection of the mega bill that will be debated. The time of the march has not yet been defined. It will depend on when the session is called. The measure will be a new challenge to the Anti-Picketing Protocol that should be applied.

The 14 tons of stone thrown at the Legislative Palace and the camp battle on the outskirts and inside the Congress led by Kirchnerism and piqueteros and Trotskyist sectors at the end of 2017, during the administration of Mauricio Macri, during the treatment of the Retirement Mobility Law, which was finally approved. The Minister of Security at that time was Patricia Bullrich herself.

Belliboni told this medium that that same Tuesday the 30th, the left-wing organizations, picketers, human rights organizations, students, popular assemblies and cultural sectors “will demand from the workers’ confederations a new national strike and a plan of struggle until the plan of struggle is defeated. Milei.”

The Minister of Economy, Luis Caputo, announced at a press conference the withdrawal of the “financial chapter” of the Omnibus Law that will be discussed in Congress REUTERS/Tomas Cuesta

The social movements, several of which were part of the government of Alberto Fernandez and who make up Unión Por la Patria, the majority enrolled in the Union Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP), among which the Evita Movement, Somos/Barrios de Pie, the CCC, the MTE, the Francisco Missionaries Movement and the Darío Santillán Popular Front -among others- and left-wing parties and organizations such as Libres del Sur, FOL, MTD Aníbal Verón; will meet next Monday afternoon the UTEP will meet “to announce that next Thursday there will be a national day with the axis in the “food emergency”.

Several of its leaders told Infobae that these measures will include “mobilizations to supermarkets, complaints to the Coordinator of Food Products Industries (COPAL), popular soup kitchens, and delivery of petitions to national, provincial and municipal government agencies” to demand , among other points “the urgent delivery of food for soup kitchens that has not been carried out since the arrival of La Libertad Avanza to the government.”

Daniel Menéndez, national coordinator of Somos/Barrios de Pie, announced that social leaders are going to ask deputies and senators for “a new food emergency law.”

“From the Secretariat of Children and Family, the former Ministry of Social Development, no response is given to food supplies to the thousands of community kitchens throughout the country that, as a result of the devaluation and liquefaction of income, produce more and more more neighbors come to ask for food,” he described to this medium Daniel Menendez, national coordinator of Somos/Barrios de Pie. He explained that they had already asked the authorities for a response to this problem and since there was no response, “from UTEP we are going to request different private institutions, large food producing companies and hypermarkets, for food to support this network.” The former official of Alberto Fernández also announced that they are going to ask deputies and senators ““a new food emergency law”.

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