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General strike shuts down Argentine capital

June 25, 2018 GMT
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Police stand guard where striking protesters block a road the leads to the city from the south, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, June 25, 2018. A strike led by Argentina’s largest union confederation to protest the economic austerity policies of President Mauricio Macri has shut down much of the country’s capital _ freezing public transportation, airlines, ports, schools, banks and government offices. (AP Photo Jorge Saenz)
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Police stand guard where striking protesters block a road the leads to the city from the south, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, June 25, 2018. A strike led by Argentina’s largest union confederation to protest the economic austerity policies of President Mauricio Macri has shut down much of the country’s capital _ freezing public transportation, airlines, ports, schools, banks and government offices. (AP Photo Jorge Saenz)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A strike led by Argentina’s largest union confederation has shut down much of the country’s capital — freezing public transportation, airlines, ports, schools, banks and government offices.

The General Labor Confederation is staging the 24-hour walkout to protest the economic austerity policies of President Mauricio Macri.

There has been widespread discontent over continuing high inflation, sharp rises in utility bills, layoffs of public workers and a cap on pay raises.

Many are also angry over the government’s decision to seek credits from the International Monetary Fund, which many blame for part economic crises.

The Transportation Ministry says more than 70,000 airline passengers have been affected by the strike.