ARGENTINA: Farmers at the Barricades


Graduate student Neal Richardson takes a close look at the recent struggle by Argentina’s rural sector to overturn export tax hikes imposed by the Fernández de Kirchner administration.

From all regions of the country, protesters converged on Rosario’s Monumento a la Bandera. The rally was a who’s who of Argentina’s disparate political opposition: Buenos Aires’ viscerally anti-Peronist elite, excited to have a rallying cause; leftists disgruntled by the government’s friendly relations with multinational corporations; opportunistic senators eager to associate themselves with a mass movement; and, of course, the protagonists of the event, farmers enraged at the national government’s aggressive taxation and emboldened by their newfound ability to resist.

Neal Richardson
Publication date: 
August 21, 2008
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article