Buenos Aires was once again the scene of spontaneous protests, as thousands of middle-class Argentines took to the streets banging pots and pans late Thursday night to express their continuing anger over harsh bank limits.
The peaceful protest turned violent late in the evening, when some protesters threw rocks at police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets. People were demonstrating their frustration with a political system they say has failed them.
Thousands of Argentines banging pots and pans, marched from the Congress to the main square, Plaza de Mayo, in another show of growing discontent with the grinding economic recession that has left millions unemployed.
Edgardo Brucco, a 60-year-old lawyer said "this is a question of survival. We're in the midst of a genocide. They are killing us bit by bit."
Government-imposed banking limits were the main target of the latest protest. The government announced Thursday that it would freeze accounts above a certain amount for at least a year.
One man, who gave his name only as Ivan, said "we are protesting because we want the country's policies to be decided here, and not abroad. What they did with the economic measures is a joke. It is a lie. They are going to give us our money back way in the future, while the banks are using our money now," he said.
President Eduardo Duhalde is in a tough position, faced with the wrath of his fellow countrymen, while under pressure from the banking sector to maintain the bank limits, and protect the country's financial system.
Mr. Duhalde inherited the bank limits put in place by former President Fernando De la Rua on December First to prevent a run on banks. Both Mr. De la Rua and his successor, Adolfo Rodriguez Saa, were forced from office by popular protests last month. While Mr. Duhalde seems determined to stick it out, Argentines are not likely to let up the pressure while their money remains untouchable in the banks.