South Americas Protests Roll in Argentina — and Make American Activists Look Sick

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While Americans “fight” injustice with cardboard signs and cute little chants like they did recently at fast food chains, the rest of the Western Hemisphere is willing to put bodies and lives on the line.

As Americans stood outside McDonald’s chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho. $7.25 has got to go,” Argentines were slugging it out with the “policia” in front of Congresso, the Argentina version of the U.S. Capitol.

Armed with marbles, washers and bits of metal in their slingshots, the protesters also started hurling chunks of concrete and stone at the police who were garbed in riot gear.

At one point, the protesters set a dumpster on fire and attempted to ram it through the police barricade only to be driven back by the cops with tear gas and hand-to-hand fighting with numchucks.

About an hour after the violence started, it lost steam and both sides retreated to intersections about a block away from each other. Staring down their enemy, each side was catching its breath and waiting to see what the other would do.

Sure is a far cry from “Hey, hey, ho, ho.”

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