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The Indy Eye: Marches and Marathons in BA

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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.

Protesters gather at Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on October 11, 2013.

Protesters gather at Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on 11th October, 2013, to mark the anniversary of “last day of freedom for the Americas”.

A man listens to the speeches at the protest.

A man listens to the speeches at the protest.

A poster demanding justice for the killing of an indigenous activist.

A poster demanding justice for the killing of an indigenous activist in 2011. Many of those who resist the encroaching agricultural business are subjected to intimidation and attacks.

A protester holds up a huge banner.

A protester holds up a huge banner.

Protesters gather for a global day of action against Monsanto at Plaza del Congreso in Buenos Aires on 12th October.

Protesters gather for a global day of action against Monsanto at Plaza del Congreso in Buenos Aires on 12th October.

Music at the march against Monsanto

Music at the march against Monsanto.

The anti-Monsanto protest took place outside the National Congress

The anti-Monsanto protest took place outside the National Congress, which last year approved the use of new GM seeds in Argentina.

The Personal 42K marathon took place on Sunday 13th October, with a big security presence.

The Personal 42K marathon took place on Sunday 13th October, with a big security presence.

Alejandro Maldonado, from Mar del Plata, won the wheelchair race, with a time of 1:52:19.

Alejandro Maldonado, from Mar del Plata, won the wheelchair race, with a time of 1:52:19.

A male athlete celebrates finishing the race.

A male athlete celebrates finishing the race.

A female runner clutches an Argentine flag at the finish line.

A female runner clutches an Argentine flag at the finish line.

Relief at finishing the race.

Relief at finishing the race.

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One Response to “The Indy Eye: Marches and Marathons in BA”

  1. Juanjo says:

    Very cool pictures!
    Thank you!

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