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A Nationwide Shutdown Tests Milei's Tough Medicine for Argentina


Such turmoil, he had warned, should be expected. Fixing decades of economic problems would first require more pain, he said.

Yet on Wednesday, many Argentines plan to take to the streets to show they have already had enough.

Argentina's largest labor unions plan a nationwide strike — including workers in transportation, construction, health care, food services, energy and banking — to protest Mr. Milei's planned overhauls, arguing they would weaken protections for workers and the poor. More than 100,000 people are expected to demonstrate across the country.

Pablo Moyano, a union leader, told reporters that Mr. Milei "is crapping on Congress and crapping on workers." Mr. Milei has shot back that the protest shows "there are two Argentinas" — one stuck in the past and another that "puts us on the path to be a developed country."

Still, more Argentines appear to agree with Mr. Milei. Despite the economic chaos, Mr. Milei's approval rating has stayed high, or even risen along with prices. Recent surveys show 58 percent of Argentines support him, two percentage points higher than his share of the November presidential vote.

In response, Mr. Milei, a libertarian economist and television pundit who rode a brash political style to the presidency, has been trying to capitalize on his political honeymoon by quickly overhauling as much of Argentina as he can.