When a long weekend comes around, the city of Buenos Aires typically empties as porteños leave en masse to spend a few days on the coast or in the country. However, those who did stay in the capital this time would have seen a lot of activity, from music festivals, to major protest marches and even a marathon.
On Friday 11th, indigenous communities and social organisations gathered to mark the day before the anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas in 1492, a day also known as ‘the last day of freedom for the American people’. More than 500 years on, today’s indigenous activists continue to fight for the recognition of basic land rights, marking the day with a protest on Plaza de Mayo.
On Saturday 12th, another protest took place, this time targeting Monsanto as part of a global day of action against the US agricultural giant. The company has hit headlines for its controversial new seed plant in Córdoba province, with protesters meeting outside Congress to denounce the lack of political will to protect local environments and rural populations from Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and chemical products.
Finally, on Sunday 13th, thousands woke up early to run and watch the Personal 42K Buenos Aires marathon. Athletes from all over the world took part, with Julius Karinga and Lucy Karimi, both from Kenya, winning the male and female races, respectively.
Photographer Emily Cumming was in the city to document all these events, and shares some of her images here exclusively with The Argentina Independent.