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%.