Argentines protest

BUENOS AIRES: Tens of thousands of Argentines marched in a noisy protest on Friday against job cuts imposed under President Mauricio Macri's economic reforms. The demonstration virtually brought central Buenos Aires to a standstill amid a din of drums and chants. Two major labour unions, the CGT and CTA, joined forces in calling the rally against the conservative president's cuts to spending and public jobs. "The whole workers' movement is going to mobilise against layoffs, cuts and poverty, which is deepening under Macri's government," said Jose Rigane, leader of one of the branches of the CTA. Private and public sector workers joined in Friday’s march and planned a further demonstration on Sunday to mark International Workers' Day.