Hundreds of "Evitas", gathering in different points of Buenos Aires, is not too big of a surprise as part of the present day cut and thrust of politics in Buenos Aires. Protesters in the crisis-stricken Argentina are showcasing new and creative ways to vent their anger against President Mauricio Macri, whose campaigning for the October 27 elections enters its final month.
The Eva Perón look-alikes are just one of the many protests. Argentina, which has been gripped by recession since 2018, is wracked by high inflation (30-percent this year so far through to August), a free-falling peso, and increasing poverty (32 percent at the end of last year). The crisis has been exacerbated once again by an acute economic crisis, following Macri's defeat in the primaries.
Since then, marches, protests and pickets have become daily occurrences. Some have paralyzed provinces across the country with calls for the government to combat inflation and unemployment, currently at 10.6-percent. Many of the protests in the capital are held within Macri's earshot, outside his Casa Rosada official residence on Plaza de Mayo, where free fruit is handed out to participants.
A fruit growers' federation came together to give away 20,000 kilos of pears, apples and oranges at a recent protest in Plaza de Mayo. At the beginning of the year, the Federation of Producers of Rio Negro and Neuquén established themselves on the iconic square for a "frutazo", expressing anger at the strong crisis that is hitting the agricultural sector. Other producers joined the initiative with oranges and mandarins.