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

1st July 2016  Indy Staff


As winter closed in and gas bills soared, June was a month of scandal and social demonstrations in Buenos Aires – even more so than usual.

The causes were easy to support, in our view. First up was the second #NiUnaMenos march, a social cry to end violence against women. Gender rights were also prominent at the end of the month with the first ever march against transphobic hate crimes and a festival to demand Congress approve, at the sixth time of asking, a new bill to legalise abortion. This against the backdrop of the horrifying story of Belén, a 25-year-old from Tucumán who has been convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering from a miscarriage.

The Congressional debate on abortion is yet to arrive, but legislators did overwhelmingly approve a ‘mega-bill’ that included a tax amnesty and a plan to repay historic debts to pensioners across Argentina. Read our explainer piece for full information on the controversial new law. Elsewhere in politics, the theme of the month was corruption, led by the Hollywood-esque arrest of ex-public works secretary José Francisco López as he seemingly tried to conceal US$9m of undeclared cash in a convent.

It was also a rich month for culture in the capital (when isn’t it?). The annual Buenos Aires International Environmental Film Festival FINCA included some hard-hitting documentaries and a high-profile visit from Nobel peace prize winner and eco-feminist Vandana Shiva. Later in the month saw the inauguration of the hotly-anticipated retrospective ‘Yoko Ono: Dream Come True‘ at Malba museum. There was also some good news as staff at the historic and beloved Av. Corrientes bookstore ‘Adán Buenosayres’ decided to form a co-operative and save it from imminent closure.

Finally, after Buenos Aires was found to be the most expensive city for expats in Latin America, we at The Indy spent much of the month speaking to locals about how they adapt to living with annual inflation above 40%.

'Decadence of Nature' short by Olga Guse is playing at this year's environmental film festival. (Image courtesy of FINCA.)

‘Decadence of Nature’ short by Olga Guse is playing at this year’s environmental film festival. (Image courtesy of FINCA.)

Slogans of 'Basta' (enough) and #Vivasnosqueremos (we want us alive) also accompanied the #NiUnaMenos movement this year

Slogans of ‘Basta’ (enough) and #Vivasnosqueremos (we want us alive) also accompanied the #NiUnaMenos movement this year

President Mauricio Macri meets with retirees as he announced a plan to repay historic pension debts (Photo via Casa Rosada)

President Mauricio Macri meets with retirees as he announced a plan to repay historic pension debts (Photo via Casa Rosada)

The highly-anticipated Yoko Ono retrospective exhibit opened in Buenos Aires on 23rd June (Photo courtesy of Malba)

The highly-anticipated Yoko Ono retrospective exhibit opened in Buenos Aires on 23rd June (Photo courtesy of Malba)

The media was out in force to cover the march (photo by Kyle Ludowitz)

The media was out in force to cover a march in defence of journalist rights (photo by Kyle Ludowitz)

Most of the animals currently at the Buenos Aires zoo will be transferred (Photo: Camille Ayral)

Most of the animals currently at the Buenos Aires zoo will be transferred after the city government confirmed it would be closing the venue. (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The protest grew in size as it moved from Plaza de Mayo to Congress (Photo: Kyle Ludowitz)

The protest against transgender hate crimes moved from Plaza de Mayo to Congress (Photo: Kyle Ludowitz)

President Mauricio Macri visits a summit of the Pacific Alliance in Chile (Photo via Casa Rosada)

President Mauricio Macri visits a summit of the Pacific Alliance in Chile (Photo via Casa Rosada)

On the final day of June, women's rights group led a festival in front of Congress as, for the sixth time, a group of legislators presented a bill to legalise abortion (Photo: M.A.F.I.A)

On the final day of June, women’s rights group led a festival in front of Congress as, for the sixth time, a group of legislators presented a bill to legalise abortion (Photo: M.A.F.I.A)








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