The South American country of Argentina is facing difficult times. Looting has taken place and has now spread leaving two people dead. Looting began on Thursday December 20, 2012 and has now hit Buenos Aires, Rosario and parts of the northern province of Chaco.
An economic dwonturn appears on the surface to have led to the violent disorder. There are reports that hundreds of people attacked one supermarket leading to police respoding by firing rubber bullets and tear gas.
Whilst some have likened these latest riots to the ones Argentina experienced in 2001 in reality they are more like those the UK experienced in the Summer of 2011. In 2001 desperation drove many people to riot and attck supermarkets in order to get food. This time the rioters, with faces covered, have been grabbing plasm TVs and the like.
The looting began in the Patagonian ski resort of Bariloche where there are now 400 military police deployed. Authorities believe the violence has been manipulated and that persons, or a person, are behind the attacks.
Argentina is yet another country that the IMF is applying pressure to. Inflation is high in the country and the IMF has tg
hreatened expulsion unless Argentina tows the line. The country's Unions blame the mess on the government and its policies. In November mass protests againt the Argentinian government led by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took place.
Today there is news that Argentina is making its displeasure at the UK felt once more. This week William Hague, the British Government's Foreign Secretary, presented a plaque to the Queen depicting a newly renamed part of Antarctica, Queen Elizabeth Land. The problem is that the land lies close to Argentina and is part of that region which is disupted. Many countries claim to own part of Antarctica by way of historical ownership or occupancy.
The British ambassador in Buenos Aires has been called to attend a meeting and explain how come this disputed land has been named in honour of our Queen.
Whatever we may or may not think of the disputed territory in Antarctica it would appear that Argentina has more important problems to deal with at home.