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Argentina’s unions stage nationwide strike to protest crisis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – A nationwide strike to protest the Argentine government’s handling of the country’s economic crisis is grounding flights and paralyzing bus and train lines.

Many workers stayed home Tuesday as the strike made commuting a puzzle, and some demonstrators blocked highways.

Banks, courts, and many schools and shops were closed. Many hospitals offered only emergency services, most Argentine flights were canceled and garbage wasn’t being picked up.

The stoppage is led by labor unions protesting austerity measures ordered by President Mauricio Macri.

Argentines are frustrated with high consumer prices and a sharp devaluation of the peso currency.

Many also oppose the government’s decision to strike a financing deal with the International Monetary Fund because they blame the IMF for Argentina’s worst crisis in 2001.

Planes sit grounded at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A police walks through the Retiro station, left empty due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage a general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A police walks through the Retiro station, left empty due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage a general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A man sleeps in front of a closed shop at the Retiro station, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage a nationwide general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A man sleeps in front of a closed shop at the Retiro station, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage a nationwide general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

As part of a nationwide strike protesters block a main highway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage the general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

As part of a nationwide strike protesters block a main highway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage the general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A guard leans on a check-in counter at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A guard leans on a check-in counter at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A guard walks past a picture window at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A guard walks past a picture window at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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