Thursday 14.4.2016 in Peaceful Assembly
Peaceful protests are frequent in Argentina, and people are able to demonstrate mostly without constraint; no prior authorisation requirements are in place. However, a newly issued protocol on police action during demonstrations would allow the security forces to use firearms or rubber bullets to disperse crowds. Civil society organisations worry that this decision limits constitutional rights by placing “the unhindered movement of traffic above people’s physical integrity”, and they see a worrying trend towards the repression and criminalisation of social protest. At the local level, police repression has traditionally been more common, frequently targeting disadvantaged indigenous groups. Additionally, in August 2015 dozens of protesters were injured when local police used rubber bullets and batons against a largely peaceful demonstration voicing allegations of electoral fraud in the province of Tucumán.