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Argentina Readies Riot Police for People’s Summit at Mercosur

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A past People’s Summit in Peru marches against regional neo-liberal policies. | Photo: EFE

Argentine national police began arriving in the city of Mendoza last week, ahead of the People’s Summit on July 20 meant to counter the Mercosur meeting, bulking up the riot police by around 300 in an effort to push back the protests

The People’s Summit which will take place at the UNCuyo School of Art and Design and will protest neoliberal policies imposed by Argentine President Mauricio Macri and other right-wing governments in the region.

“The decision to organize and convene this People’s Summit is based on the need to face the challenges that arise from the current regional situation and the advance of the right, supported by representatives of neocolonialism, and needs as an inseparable element of its goal of domination, to destroy the popular processes that occurred in recent years,” said a statement from the group.

As its honorary president, the organizers named Milagros Sala, the Argentine Indigenous human rights leader, who has been in prison based on dubious allegations in Argentina since January 2016.

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