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Infobae's Daily News Update

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Just like they announced several weeks ago, the second general strike since President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner took office in 2007 is taking place, organized by union leaders at odds with her administration, such as the head of the teamsters union, Hugo Moyano, and the head of the Restaurant Workers' Union Luis Barrionuevo. In Buenos Aires, the city seemed to be under siege this morning, after leftist organizations set up roadblocks in every main access to the city. Public transportation in Buenos Aires is very limited: Buses, trains, subways and domestic flights have suspended their services. There is no port activity, gas stations are closed and there are no trash collection services. Taxi presence in the City has been reduced, which may make it hard to find a cab. Unionized staff working in bars and restaurants. Only emergency rooms will be treating patients and even City Government offices are closed. During his press briefing on Thursday, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said that the national strike is just "nationwide picketing with one strike led by workers in the transportation sector." He also linked unionist Luis Barrionuevo to opposition leader Sergio Massa from the Frente Renovador party, and joked that leftist organizations and political parties participating in the strike "seem to have found a new leader in Barrionuevo." Facundo Moyano, son of Hugo Moyano and leader of the Toll Booth Workers' Union criticized the dozens of roadblocks set up by leftist organizations in the country. Moyano said that actions such as interrupting traffic delegitimized the strike. He said the roadblocks "affect the population's right to move around the city and go to work," in an effort to make it clear that union leaders did not approve of their methodology. City Mayor Mauricio Macri distanced himself from the strike and called it "part of a power struggle inside the Peronist movement." He predicted "it will not accomplish anything" and that even though he said he agrees with the workers' demands, he criticized the picketers, who he called "authoritarian," because if "people don't want to strike, they are forced to do so by them."

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