6 Arrested in Buenos Aires During WTO Meeting

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Thousands of protesters took to the streets Tuesday in Buenos Aires to protest the meeting of the World Trade Organization. (Photo/Democracy Now)

December 13, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Protesters clash with Buenos Aires police during a World Trade Organization meeting.

The beginning of the meeting on Tuesday was met by protests that have continued as the WTO tries to agree on global issues.

Around 2,500 protesters took to the streets in an effort to protect Argentina’s sovereignty.

Fifty protesters armed with stones and Molotov cocktails were turned back by police before they could turn violent though six were arrested.

Sources say the protesting is in response to the president of Argentina — Mauricio Macri — preventing 60 activists from 20 different groups from attending the meeting.

“The only thing that comes in (to the country) is the concrete needs of unequal commerce for our people, and that means the entrance of commodities which compete with ours, and that causes unemployment,” said Vilma Ripoll, leader of the Socialist Party.

Macri contends that the banned activists advocated violence during the protests, which is something they deny.

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri attends the business forum of the eleventh Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Presently, talks among leaders are in deadlock as reports say the U.S. cannot agree with developing countries over food security programs.

Talks will resume and are expected to conclude Wednesday.