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Some Argie Bargie

April 18, 2011 · 3 comments

They do some weird stuff overseas. From Thais putting ice in their beers to the Dutch having little viewing platforms on their toilets, there are always cultural quirks you have to get used to when you travel.

But this one’s just ridiculous.

I was in Argentina a few weeks back, and got stuck in more than the odd traffic jam. The one in Mendoza was crazy – everyone on the freeway slowed to a crawl, then we were forced into one lane by the police, and eventually, a good half hour later, trundled past a bunch of cars parked on the side of the road, their drivers standing around and frying meat on portable barbecues, having a chat.

Apparently that’s not Argentinean council workers on smoko, that’s a protest.

I read about it later in the Buenos Aires Herald (above – which, incidentally, I got plenty of gold from). When Argentinean workers decide to stage a protest, they don’t picket their workplace, or gather in a square – they get in their cars and they block off traffic.

This inevitably causes chaos, but no problem, the whole thing is sanctioned (nay, supported), but the government and the police.

So every time some workers have a bone to pick, traffic descends into a bumper to bumper riot.

Now, I would have thought the idea with a protest would be to elicit some public sympathy, and the last way you’d want to do that is extend everyone’s commute by a few hours by needlessly blocking the highway and causing a traffic jam.

But hey, I’m not Argentinean. What would I know?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Victoria April 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

Well, you need to learn some argentinean history to understand what my people do that.
in the 90′ we had a stupid president called Menem (touch a nut coz his name is bad lucky) and also a big big big debt with the IMF who wanted charge us a 200% of interests or something like that. Also this debt we get it in al ilegal goberment and we didnt need it, and the political economy at that moment was just financial especulation, so no work and no industry. and in the 90´ the stupid president and the stupid encomy’s minister take that stupid political back, plus they sold all the companies of the estate and plus they made the 1u$s = 1$. Result of that was no job, low salaries, no production (was cheaper buy products of brasil than made it), and the middle class got in pour class. So the people got angry and hungry and stared the protest. When the teachers was camping in front the congress our ex president played golf. So nobody listen us. The teachers stay 2 years camping in front the congress and they didnt get better salaries, in the provinces the kids was starved in the country whit greater agricultural export. So the common protest wasn’t enough and the people had to get another tools to be listen. One of that is the “piquetes”, cut the streets, that make a big chaos making that must be quickly meet the needs of people.
I’m disagree with that but i’m more disagree with the poverty, the low salaries and the impossibilities to grow up.
If you have some doubt you can ask me

SAM May 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Thats what you get when you have Labor Governemnts firstly we had sooky hawke, then nanny keating now we having robot gillard and a succession of labor state governments

They have no idea of how the world functions they are a succession of public servants who rather have talk fests, white papers green papers etc etc meetings bloody meetings and bow to minor pressure groups who’s whole function is to antagonise lie con and prevent progress. Who’s worst than the current federal government who try and give the inmpression they are doing by introducing further laws and restrictions and have no idea of managing our taxes and squander revenue e.g Schools programme Insulation programme do I need to go on and on and on

Theres your explanation for the Nanny country

bengroundwater May 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Yeah, I’m sure the 11 years of Howard in charge had nothing to do with it…

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