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Tens of thousands protest Argentine reforms

Banging on pots, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Argentina late Thursday to protest a possible third term for President Cristina Kirchner.

"Yes to democracy, no to re-election" chanted the flag-waving demonstrators, who also took issue with rampant corruption and crime in the South American country.

Protesters, called to action via social media, marched in the capital Buenos Aires and in other major cities, including Rosario, Mendoza and Bariloche.

"I don't like some of the government's attitudes, especially Cristina's authoritarianism," Federico Chelli, a 20-year-old student, told AFP. "She can't just do whatever she wants under the pretext that she got 54 percent of the votes."

Argentina's first elected female president, Kirchner was voted into office in 2007 and won re-election last year. She succeeded her husband, Nestor Kirchner, who died of a heart attack in 2010.

She is currently barred by the Argentine Constitution from running for a third consecutive term in 2015, but her supporters in Congress have been lobbying for a constitutional amendment.

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