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Wednesday, 24 April, 2002, 10:27 GMT 11:27 UK
Viewpoint: 'We feel betrayed'
ATM in Buenos Aires
No money left in cash machines
Graciela Levy, a teacher in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, describes the mood in the country following the resignation of Economy Minister Jorge Remes Lenicov and the deepening economic crisis.

Once more people feel betrayed.

The new economic measures have been disastrous.


Democracy is not much more than a word for us anymore

Not only have they taken away our savings, but now not even cashpoints are working - people cannot collect their salaries or the little money they are allowed to withdraw each week.

Banks are closed. We have a bank holiday for we do not know for how long.

The cabinet has resigned and we don't have a new minister of economy. We don't know what is going to happen.

People are in the square outside Congress protesting, banging pots.

'More could be done'

We know that tough measures are needed.

But the measures which are being taken don't take into consideration that half the population of Argentina live below the poverty line.

They can't even cover the basic things - they can't eat or go to school, they don't have enough money to pay for medicines.

There are 10 or 20 kids dying each day.

We know that the situation is very serious, but we also know that more could be done for the people.

It is not that I, or people in general, want the military to come back. But there is not much of a democracy left in Argentina.

President Duhalde says something one day and another the next - we don't think we are heard.

Democracy is not much more than a word for us anymore.

See also:

24 Apr 02 | Americas
Argentina president in crisis talks
22 Apr 02 | Business
Argentina treads the tightrope
22 Apr 02 | Business
Argentina 'risks financial collapse'
22 Apr 02 | Americas
IMF says Argentina could get aid
20 Apr 02 | Business
Argentina closes all banks
18 Apr 02 | Business
Argentina pleads for financial aid
05 Apr 02 | Business
IMF 'to ignore' Argentina cash plea
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