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Jun 27, 2012

Argentina’s Moyano ups the ante with truck strike

BUENOS AIRES, June 27 (Reuters) – Thousands of striking
Argentine truckers rallied outside the presidential palace on
Wednesday to demand tax cuts in the biggest protest against
President Cristina Fernandez’s rule since a 2008 farm revolt.

Their one-day strike was led by Hugo Moyano, a gruff truck
driver who has gone from being a close ally of Fernandez to
become one of her strongest rivals in less than 18 months.

Jun 21, 2012

Argentina truckers get deal, end strike but plan new protest

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s most powerful union leader, Hugo Moyano, called off a strike by fuel truckers on Thursday after securing a pay increase, but announced a one-day walkout next week to demand that President Cristina Fernandez cut taxes.

Striking truckers blocked fuel depots and refineries for a second day on Thursday, sparking shortages at gas stations and some homes in one of the biggest trade-union challenges to Fernandez in her five years in office.

Jun 21, 2012

Argentina truckers reach pay deal, lift strike

BUENOS AIRES, June 21 (Reuters) – Argentina’s most powerful
union leader, Hugo Moyano, called off a strike by fuel truckers
on Thursday after securing a pay increase, but called a one-day
strike next week to demand that President Cristina Fernandez
lower taxes.

Striking truckers blocked fuel depots and refineries for a
second day on Thursday, sparking shortages at gas stations and
some homes in one of the biggest trade-union challenges to
Fernandez in her five years in office.

Jun 21, 2012

Argentina fuel strike hits supplies, defies government

BUENOS AIRES, June 21 (Reuters) – Gas stations in Argentina
started running low on fuel on Thursday as striking truck
drivers blocked depots and refineries in one of the biggest
trade-union challenges of President Cristina Fernandez’s
five-year rule.

A three-day strike by fuel truckers is due to end on Friday,
but union boss Hugo Moyano, who heads the CGT labor federation,
has vowed to announce a nationwide strike by all truckers. He
was due to give a news conference later on Thursday to detail
the scope of the protest.

Jun 19, 2012

Crusade against dollar hits a nerve in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, June 19 (Reuters) – An Argentine man from the
seaside town of Mar del Plata could hardly have expected a
rebuke from the president for trying to buy two five-dollar
bills for his grandchildren.

Incensed when the exchange house turned him away because of
President Cristina Fernandez’s strict controls on foreign
currency purchases, Julio Cesar Duran – a lawyer – went to the
courts.

Jun 6, 2012

Argentine farmers begin anti-government strike

BUENOS AIRES, June 6 (Reuters) – Argentine farmers halted
grains sales on Wednesday at the start of a one-week strike over
government farming policy that has revived long-standing
tensions in the countryside and raised global supply concerns.

Argentina is one of the world’s biggest exporters of
soybeans, corn and beef. Months of farmer protests caused major
disruption to the country’s food shipments four years ago, but
this week’s strike is not expected to delay the flow of exports.

May 31, 2012

Argentine farmers call strike as tax bill advances

BUENOS AIRES, May 31 (Reuters) – Growers in Argentina’s
biggest farming province will halt sales of grain and livestock
for nine days to protest a tax-hike bill advancing in the
provincial Congress, agricultural groups said on Thursday.

Cash-strapped Buenos Aires province is the country’s top
producer of soybeans, corn and wheat, and the protest could
affect grain shipments, though the level of disruption would
depend on exporters’ stocks.

May 24, 2012

Venezuelans in the dark over Chavez’s health

CARACAS (Reuters) – Mystery, rumor and conspiracy theories surround Hugo Chavez’s health almost a year after his cancer diagnosis, with many Venezuelans contemplating a future without their larger-than-life president.

Chavez, a burly former soldier who has dominated the OPEC country for 13 years, says he is on the road to recovery and will seek re-election in October. About two-thirds of voters believe he will get better and he leads most opinion polls.

May 19, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez says working less, getting better

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ended a week-long silence o n Friday to say he was resting, following a diet and trying to tame his workaholic ways as he recovers from cancer treatment.

The usually garrulous and attention-seeking Chavez’s disappearances from public view have become longer and more frequent this year. That has fueled speculation his condition has worsened and may complicate a re-election bid in October.

May 19, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez breaks silence with phone call

CARACAS, May 18 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
ended a weeklong silence after his latest cancer treatment with
a call to state television on Friday, singing a folk song and
vowing to deepen his self-styled socialist “revolution.”

The usually garrulous and attention-seeking Chavez’s
disappearances from public view have become longer and more
frequent this year. That has fueled speculation his condition
has worsened and may complicate a re-election bid in October.

    • About Helen

      "Based in Argentina, I help lead our coverage of the southern cone, from politics to agriculture. My career with Reuters began in London in 2001 and I have reported from many Latin American countries including Bolivia, Cuba and Mexico."
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