In case you have not heard…

As of today, Friday April 16th, 2021 day 393 of Quarantine, the president of Argentina Alberto Fernandez had added extra protocols to the current restrictions, as Argentina is experiencing it’s second wave of coronavirus. Yesterday’s numbers were very high for the 3rd day in a row, approximately 29,000 new cases…the hospitals are experiencing a large influx of cases.

The most impactful restrictions are no one is allowed out after 8pm or before 6 am. The city is locked down at night from the rest of the province to prevent further transmissions.

Business and restaurants have to be closed and employees home by 8pm.

But by far the one that has caused the most reactions are the closing of all schools again, after barely a couple of months of being open.

This leaves many upset and frustrated parents, as all involved where settling into a new pattern and kids were getting the education that they lacked for the previous months of lockdown. This restrictions is only suposed to be until April 30th…many parents and educators fear will be the rest of the year. Personally I believe that parents and students and teachers will not allow this to happen. Am sure a large demonstration will occur. And perhaps the school lockdown will only go until the end of April.

Meanwhile the signs of fall are in the air. The mornings have a slight chill until the sun and its warmth are directly overhead.

For a closed to the world country, I find it odd to hear so many planes in the sky and recently lots of helicopters flying around the city. The president, did mention bringing in the army to supplement the police in the compliance of the new restrictions.

Worlwide, we all have pandemic burnout, but will see what people will endure from the government for their own protections.

The world is a big crazy place…we only have the moment.

From Buenos Aires, listening to tango music of Osvaldo Pugliese’s Amurado on my laptop, I am reminded why I live in this beautiful city, where resiliency is the middle name of all the people. We will survive.

Tango protest to the government:

We need sanitary protocols!

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Letter inviting all people to the protest

On Thursday, March 11th I joined approximately 75 other tangeros, milonga organizers, teachers and tango student to make a Tango protest about the return to tango in Buenos Aires. This was a protest to the government for Tango to start creating the necessary protocols that will allow the tango community to return. The gathering was at 7pm in front of Buenos Aires City Hall on Avenida de Mayo.

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Tango protest about the return to Tango in the city of Buenos Aires

The protesters were amicably chatting in little groups of 2 or 3 people with their tango signs. All wore masks and observed social distancing

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Reading the handwritten paper Tango protest signs with the messages:

We have not danced in a year. Tango is culture. Tango is our work.

Mostly the protest signs in Spanish read: We need to return to work. We need to return to dance.

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Holding Tango protest placards in the street in front of city hall of Buenos Aires

The organized tango protesters spoke to the city government and said…

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Tango protest about the return to Tango in the city of Buenos Aires

We NEED the government of BsAs to specify what protocols are needed for the tango world, to be in place. We need to go back to work. We have not worked in a year. We are culture. We are Buenos Aires.

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Waiting on Avenida de Mayo

Tango Protest

The protest lasted about an hour. Tango music played on the sound system. The protesters demonstrated a few different dance dance stance. No actual dancing occurred. Many photographers and media outlets showed up. In the Buenos Aires Times, nothing has shown up about the protest. Its the only English language paper here. Will reserach and see if any other papers have any mention.

This is an important issue here in Buenos Aires, as many teachers, organizers, performers and students are waiting for a return to Tango. Honestly, expecting the old normal ways now, is not important. What is important is to return to dancing Tango.

Currently, there are many outdoor milongas around the city in various parks, somewhat sanctioned as all observe sanitary protocols, including wearing mask and usung lots of hang sanitizers.

Many tangeras & tangeros do not like dancing in open embrace as many feel, including me that this is not tango. Again and again, the most important issues are the government issuing sanitary protocols. Return to the embrace again. To hear the music of tango streaming into the clubs and spaces of Buenos Aires.

Now we wait. We see if something happens.

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