BUENOS AIRES – Argentine security forces dispersed protesters who were partly blocking access to Ezeiza International Airport, which serves Buenos Aires, in an operation marked by several clashes.
Backed by a water cannon, police ordered employees of the Cresta Roja company to get off the expressway and stand alongside it, but the protesters responded to the approaching cops with sticks and stones, inflicting injuries on two of the officers.
Vice President Gabriela Michetti told a press conference that the demonstration was broken up “on a judge’s orders,” and repeated that the administration headed by Mauricio Macri will intervene to make sure the protests “do not violate people’s right to drive about freely.”
The demonstrators demanded payment of their back salaries by Cresta Roja, mired in financial problems for several months and which has now filed for bankruptcy. They also fear the company will go out of business and leave its 3,500 employees in the street.
A group of union delegates in the company asked the government to intervene and presented a list of its demands in the case.
Last Friday, the judge overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings, Valeria Perez Casado, told the firm’s owners, the brothers Ivo and Milenko Rasic, to present a plan for resuming the company’s activities and for paying the wages owed its employees.
The demonstration was broken up after four days of protests at the entrance to Ezeiza that caused long delays for cars headed to the airport, forcing many passengers to grab their suitcases and walk to the terminal.
Despite the inconveniences, the departure of international flights suffered no significant delays.