ARGENTINA PROTESTS – Rising poverty spurs call for guaranteed basic income in Argentina

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Leftist and community organizations organized dozens of protests Wednesday to advocate for the adoption of a universal basic income as more and more Argentines fall below the poverty line.

Organizers planned to mount demonstrations on 50 major highways in various parts of the country.

In Buenos Aires, a contingent led by Polo Obrero (Workers Pole) marched to the Obelisk in Plaza de la Republica to press demands for increases in existing public benefits and a greater provision of food to soup kitchens.

The proposal for a universal basic income envisions a monthly payment equivalent to the cost of food at subsistence level.