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The current crisis in Argentina highlights Latin America's mixed experience with globalisation and liberalism. But there is little support for modern-day Che Guevaras

By Richard Lapper   February 2002

For months, the commentators had predicted unrest in Argentina. But when it came before Christmas, both the extent of the violence and the rapid political and economic change that came in its wake took almost everyone by surprise.

It started on Friday 13th December when a few supermarkets were looted in the cities of Rosario and Mendoza. Sunday newspapers reminded Argentines that similar food riots had forced the resignation of Ra?l Alfonsin 12 years ago. By Wednesday, youths were surrounding the presidential palace and Buenos Aires was a sea of tear gas and smoke.

Late that night, Domingo Cavallo, Argentina’s…

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