BUENOS AIRES – One person died on Thursday and two were wounded by gunfire during a union protest in the southern Argentine city of Caleta Olivia.
Sources with the Construction Workers Union, or Uocra, quoted by the state-run Telam news agency confirmed that the dead and wounded people belong to the union.
The incidents occurred during a protest by union members who provide services in petroleum sectors in the southern province of Santa Cruz.
According to the OPI Santa Cruz news agency, the construction workers clashed with members of the Private Petroleum Workers Union of Santa Cruz when the former tried to paint graffiti on the front of the building housing the other union’s headquarters.
The head of Uocra in Caleta Olivia, Cristian Salazar, blamed the incidents on Claudio Vidal, the general secretary of the Petroleum Workers Union.
“All the responsibility rests with Vidal. This began in the town of Pico Truncado 20 days ago when 45 workers were fired from a construction site belonging to the Petroleum Workers Union,” Salazar told Telam.
Salazar said that on Thursday a protest was called at the Petroleum Workers Union headquarters to make demands on behalf of the fired workers, “where they were received with gunfire.”