The Indy Eye: The Month in Photos (April 2016)

2nd May 2016 


April was a month of change in Argentina. First came the rains: last month was the wettest in a century for several parts of the country, and tens of thousands of people were affected by widespread flooding in the north-eastern Litoral region. When the sun finally reappeared, it was accompanied by an abrupt shift in wind direction, bringing in the cold Antarctic air for the first time in 2016.

Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner came riding in on that southerly breeze, returning to from Patagonia to Buenos Aires to be questioned by a judge and using the visit to stir up local politics with a lengthy speech to thousands of supporters. Her comeback came just as President Mauricio Macri was securing his biggest political victory to date, successfully paying back the so-called vulture funds to bring Argentina out of default and back to international debt markets after 15 years on the sidelines.

Macri didn’t have much time to bask in that triumph as he was busy trying to distance himself from the Panama Papers scandal and deal with a shift in public mood as households feel the impact of recent tariff hikes and widespread layoffs.

Though Congress backed the government’s debt plan in March, Macri is now being challenged by the majority opposition as it pushes through a bill to temporarily prohibit job dismissals. And on 29th April, in the run up to Labour Day, the country’s powerful umbrella unions called a massive march that carried a clear warning message for the government.

The arrival of Uber, meanwhile, marked a potential sea change for transport in Buenos Aires, though the company currently finds itself up against taxi driver unions, the city government, and local courts. The municipal authorities are also dealing with the aftermath of five drug overdose deaths in an electronic music festival, a tragedy that has posed serious questions over security controls and resurrected the debate over drug policy.

Heavy rains in early April caused widespread flooding in Argentina's north-east (Photo via Casa Rosada)

Heavy rains in early April caused widespread flooding in Argentina’s north-east (Photo via Casa Rosada)

Thousands gathered on 13th April to support ex-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as she returned to Buenos Aires to appear before a judge in the 'Dollar Future' case (Photo: Nacho Yuchark/La Vaca)

Thousands gathered on 13th April to support ex-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as she returned to Buenos Aires to appear before a judge in the ‘Dollar Future’ case (Photo: Nacho Yuchark/La Vaca)

Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña and Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay announce Argentina's return to capital markets after 15 years (Photo via Casa Rosada)

Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña and Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay announce Argentina’s return to capital markets after 15 years (Photo via Casa Rosada)

The arrival of Uber caused a stir among taxi drivers in Buenos Aires (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The arrival of Uber caused a stir among taxi drivers in Buenos Aires (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The BAFICI Independent Film Festival ran from 13-24th April, with screenings across the city including the 360-degree experience at the Planetarium (Photo via BAFICI)

The BAFICI Independent Film Festival ran from 13-24th April, with screenings across the city including the 360-degree experience at the Planetarium (Photo via BAFICI)

The streets of Buenos Aires took an Autumnal tone as April progressed (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The streets of Buenos Aires took an Autumnal tone as April progressed (Photo: Camille Ayral)

Five people died at the Time Warp Argentina electronic music festival on 16th April, prompting a new debate on security at club venues and drug policies (Photo via Time Warp)

Five people died at the Time Warp Argentina electronic music festival on 16th April, prompting a new debate on security at club venues and drug policies (Photo via Time Warp)

On 29th April, the country's main umbrella unions reunited to hold a massive march to protest against the government in the run up to Labour Day (Photo: Patricio Murphy)

On 29th April, the country’s main umbrella unions reunited to hold a massive march to protest against the government in the run up to Labour Day (Photo: Patricio Murphy)

Union workers protest against the government's austerity measures at the Labour Day march (Photo: Patricio Murphy)

Union workers protest against the government’s austerity measures at the Labour Day march (Photo: Patricio Murphy)

The 'Carne!' meat festival at the Hipodromo in Palermo was a carnivore's paradise (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The ‘Carne!’ meat festival at the Hipodromo in Palermo was a carnivore’s paradise (Photo: Camille Ayral)

A 'parillero' cooks up a chori-fest at Carne! (Photo: Camille Ayral)

A ‘parillero’ cooks up a chori-fest at Carne!, as April closed to the smell of grilled meat. (Photo: Camille Ayral)








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