One year ago, shortly before Christmas, the world was shaken by reports of a popular uprising in Argentina. In extraordinary scenes, recalling the fall of Saigon, President De la Rua had to escape in a helicopter from the roof of his Presidential palace, fleeing from his own people. In less than two weeks Argentina had four presidents. In this important article Alan Woods who has just returned from Buenos Aires draws a balance sheet of the stormy events that have shaken Argentina since the uprising one year ago, and points the way forward.
The results of the first round of the presidential elections show that the period of instability that began in Argentina a year and a half ago has not ended. The massive scattering of votes also reveals the high level of discontent present in all layers of society. These elections mark a new milestone in the social and political situation in Argentina.
The measures adopted and announced by the Kirchner government during its first few weeks in power have triggered a very lively debate within the Argentine labour movement. In addition to this, there is also another debate within the left itself on the nature of the current stage of the mass movement that began with the "Argentinazo" uprising in December 2001.
Celia Hart comes from a family of veteran Cuban revolutionaries who fought
against the Batista dictatorship together with Fidel Castro. Celia Hart has been
an outspoken defender of the political and revolutionary heritage of Leon
Trotsky. Her recent articles on this subject have been published by the Spanish
Marxist website El Militante and also
on Marxist.com and have provoked an intense debate on the question of Trotsky
internationally. Here she describes her political evolution.
The Buenos Aires underground workers are fighting for the same demands
as other Argentinian workers: fair wages to allow us to live with
dignity, to work in safe and hygienic conditions and respect for our
rights as workers. Please send your solidarity messages.
We are appealing to all our supporters to take part in an international
campaign of solidarity with the Metro workers of Buenos Aires who have
been involved in an ongoing dispute for some time now. A new bitter
labour dispute has been unleashed, the result of which is crucial for
the whole of the Argentinean working class.