Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentine Republic)
ARGENTINES PROTEST AS BANKS REMAIN CLOSED FOR MOST OPERATIONS.
A bank depositor bangs a monkey wrench against a railing while lying on the
front step of a Banco Provincia branch during a protest against the
government of President Eduardo Duhalde, as banks reopened for five hours,
only for bill payments and deposits, for the first time since the Duhalde
administration ordered them shut a week earlier to stop a run from
collapsing the system, April 26, 2002. Ordinary Argentines, resigned to life
with no cash after a week without banks, saw little hope of relief in a
partial opening of banks and planned to ration themselves over the weekend.
The sign behind says, "Crooks. They left Justice blind. Return savings."