Argentina: The Day the Earth Stood Still

A 24-hour strike paralyzes a nation already in disarray

Across the city, schools, offices and factories were shuttered. Normally bustling train stations were deserted. Buenos Aires' ubiquitous colectivos (buses), usually overflowing with commuters on their way to work, were nowhere to be seen. In smaller cities and towns the story was the same: a 24-hour work stoppage called by the Peronist-dominated General Confederation of Labor (C.G.T.) had temporarily paralyzed the country. One militant leader of the 3 million-strong union bluntly called the collective action nothing less than "the rejection of a finished...

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