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Anti-Obama protests in Argentina

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 01:09

Demonstrators in Buenos Aires protest against President Barack Obama's state visit, which coincides with an anniversary of a military coup backed by the U.S. Yiming Woo reports.

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Argentine protesters from left-wing political groups are calling for visiting Barack Obama to go home. The U.S. President's trip coincides with the 40th anniversary of a coup that installed a right-wing military junta. Up to 30,000 people were killed during the dictatorship initially backed by the United States government. Obama has tried to soothe criticism by announcing the declassification of U.S military and intelligence documents from that period. But many demonstrators say today's U.S. policies continue to cause harm. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR OF THE WORKERS SOCIALIST MOVEMENT (MST), ALEJANDRO BODART, SAYING: "Obama is the leader of a country that continues to subject a large part of the world's people to their policies in order to secure for themselves the mass extraction of profits that should stay with the people." Obama's two-day visit marks an improvement in ties with Argentina, after more than a decade of sour relations. It's also a sign of support for President Mauricio Macri's investor-friendly reforms aimed at opening up the country's economy.

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Anti-Obama protests in Argentina

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 01:09