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Argentines Demand Freedom of Assembly

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TEHRAN, April 26 (ICANA) – Students and journalists have staged a protest rally in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, to call for the freedom of assembly and greater press freedom.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:18:25 PM
Argentines Demand Freedom of Assembly

The protesters collected signatures for freedom of assembly and urged lawmakers to take action against the firms that violate labor rights, a Press TV correspondent reported Tuesday.

“The dispute over freedom of assembly has been going on for some time. Unions should become democratic and that's one of the most important tasks of the labor movements,” Ignacio Kostzer of University Federation of Buenos Aires said.

The Constitution protects labor unions but not all of them enjoy the same rights. Also, Unions don't have any legal status, which makes it even harder to protect their members against persecution.

Meanwhile, the employees of the most prestigious newspaper in the country, Clarin, also joined the rally, complaining that they have no right to free assembly and can be easily sacked.

Gustavo Bruzos, who was sacked recently, said, “Lawmakers should force the daily to explain why its staff can not join the labor unions. The realities that they can never express themselves in a newspaper.”

The newspaper has been involved in a long-standing dispute with the government over media censorship.

Argentine's Labor Minister Carlos Tomada, however, said, “The newspaper took advantage of a labor dispute to lie about the so-called freedom of expression. You cannot talk to a company that continues to violate the law.”

Workers say they will present a letter to the parliament calling for promotion of union liberties in 15 days and expect members of the parliament to support their demands.

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