2006 in Argentina

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Events in the year 2006 in Argentina.




  • 3 January: Four years after defaulting on its external debt, Argentina pays its USD 9.57 billion debt with the International Monetary Fund.
  • 24 January: Venezuela buys an additional US$312 million of Argentina's national debt, adding to the US$1 billion already purchased. The government of Hugo Chávez says that the scheme will further South American integration.
  • 31 January: After a meeting with executives of the main supermarket chains, the government announces an extension of price agreements until the end of the year (aimed at containing inflation). [1]
    • Brazil and Argentina agree on trade barriers (exceptions to the free trade practices of Mercosur) to preserve local industries. [2]
    • Santa Fe cancels its water service contract with Aguas Provinciales de Santa Fe, part of the French corporation Suez.


  • 6 February: A protest of oil industry workers blocks Provincial Route 43 in Las Heras, Santa Cruz. A violent attempt to free an imprisoned protester results in the death of a policeman. [3]
  • 7 February: The National Food Safety and Quality Service announces the discovery of 70 head of cattle with foot-and-mouth disease in the San Luis del Palmar Department, Corrientes. Major buyers of Argentine meat (such as Chile, Russia, the European Union, Israel, Brazil and Uruguay) totally or partially suspend imports. Initial estimates are 250 million USD in losses for the Argentine meat export sector. [4]
  • 12 February: A rainstorm causes widespread flooding in Jujuy, especially in the capital and the cities of Palpalá and Libertador General San Martín. Over the following days 1,300 people have to be evacuated, and seven die. [5] [6]
  • 15 February: The Argentine branch of Telefónica withdraws a suit for 2,384 million USD against Argentina at the CIADI (associated with the World Bank) and announces 300 million USD in investments for 2006. [7]
    • The EU announces it will restrict Argentine meat imports only from the parts of Corrientes where foot-and-mouth disease was found. [8]


  • 7 March: Mayor of Buenos Aires, Aníbal Ibarra, is removed from office by an impeachment jury on accusations related to the República Cromagnon nightclub fire. (ABC News)
  • 8 March: After several weeks of persistent rises in the cost of red meat, the Minister of Economy announces a suspension of most beef exports for 180 days, attempting to increase internal offer. (Reuters)
  • 8 March: An Argentine military aircraft crashes after take off from El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Bolivia, killing all six people on board. The aircraft was a Learjet 35A.
  • 13 March: The ice bridge of the Perito Moreno Glacier ruptures approximately at 11 p.m., after several days of minor activity that attracted thousands of tourists. (La Nación, Daily Mail)
  • 15 March: Governor of Santa Cruz, Sergio Acevedo, resigns "for personal reasons" in the midst of a scandal over illegal detention of oil union workers. (La Nación)
  • 19 March: Top officers of the Navy are found to be involved in a vast espionage operation that included dossiers on Minister of Defense Nilda Garré, her children and their regular activities, personal information on the President, data on social activists, etc., as well as files related to the last dictatorship that the Navy had previously denied to possess. The President orders the removal of several officers and shuts off the whole Intelligence Division of the Navy. (Página/12, La Nación, Clarín)
  • 21 March: The Environmental Assembly of Gualeguaychú, Entre Ríos, lifts the blockade of Route 136 that leads to Uruguay, which had started 45 days before in protest for the installation of cellulose plants on the Uruguay River. (La Nación)
    • The national government cancels the concession with Aguas Argentinas (of the Suez Group) for the provision of water to Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area, over low quality of services and other contractual breaches. (Clarín)
  • 24 March: Events throughout the country commemorate the 30th anniversary of the coup d'état that started the military dictatorship of the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional. The date was declared a public holiday this year.
    • Declassified documents in the U.S. reveal that the Argentine military acknowledged 22,000 kidnappings and/or killings between 1975 and mid-1978. (La Nación)


  • 3 April: The government of Buenos Aires City shuts down 18 clandestine clothing sweatshops that employed around 300 Bolivian immigrants under conditions of near-slavery, following widespread accusations. (La Nación)
    • The city of Tartagal, Salta, becomes practically isolated from the rest of the province after weeks of increased rainfall cause the Tartagal River to destroy or severely damage access roads and bridges. (La Nación)
  • 20 April: Around 60% of the population of San Salvador de Jujuy (some 200,000 inhabitants) are left without water by the collapse of a master pipe. The city government delivers bottled water to affected neighbourhoods. (La Nación)
  • 24 April: A collision between a passenger bus and a truck kills 10 people, members of two different families, in Marcos Paz, Argentina.
  • 30 April: The water service starts to return to San Salvador de Jujuy after 9 days. (Clarín)



  • 21 – 26 June: Truckers boycott Chinese-owned stores after a truck driver is shot by a store manager
  • 21 June: The trial begins of Miguel Etchecolatz, a former senior police officer accused of murder, torture and forced disappearance during the Dirty War. He is the first to be prosecuted after Congress repealed the Ley de Punto Final in 2003.
  • 29 June: Argentina agrees to accept a 56% increase in the price of natural gas imported from Bolivia, to 5 USD per million BTU until 31 December 2006, and then to be re-calculated. Bolivia promises to increase exports, eventually to reach 27.7 million m³. The agreement states that Argentina must use the gas for internal consumption only, ostensibly because Bolivia does not want it to be sold to Chile. (La Nación)


  • 2 July: Sudden ice thawing and massive rain on the course of the rivers Grande and Turbio cause floodings in Tierra del Fuego, damaging parts of National Route 3 and leaving 65,000 people in Río Grande without drinking water. (La Nación)
    • The Argentine government calls the UK's decision to grant broad 25-year fishing licenses to Falklanders "illicit and unilateral", since the area is "subject to a sovereignty controversy". (La Nación)
  • 20 July: The Summit of the Mercosur starts in Córdoba, for the first time with Venezuela as a full member, and with the presence of invited presidents Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Evo Morales (Bolivia) and Fidel Castro (Cuba). (Clarín)
  • 22 July: Agricultural and livestock farmers go on strike, to last four days, against national government policies (lack of a development/assistance plan, exports taxes and restrictions, etc.). (Clarín)
  • 24 July: The government launches a plan to expand the stock of cattle by 20% in 4 years, with subsidized credit and tax exemptions for farmers worth nearly 900 million pesos ($290/€225 million). (Clarín)
  • 25 July: Argentina raises export taxes for natural gas from 20 to 45% and over a higher price, set by an agreement with Bolivia, in turn sharply increasing costs of imported gas for Chile. (La Nación)
  • 26 July: A strong, unexpected 20-minute hailstorm in the Buenos Aires area leaves 15 wounded, hundreds of broken windows, and damage to thousands of vehicles. (Clarín, La Nación)
  • 29 July: Union and business leaders negotiate a raise of the minimum monthly wage from 630 to 800 pesos ($260, €200) in three steps, ending in November. (Clarín)


  • 4 August: Julio Simón (aka "El Turco Julián") becomes the first Dirty War criminal to be convicted and sentenced by prosecution following the repeal of the Due Obedience and Full Stop laws. He was convicted of abducting the child of "disappeared" parents and passing it on for adoption. (La Nación)
  • 5 August: An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 in the Richter scale, with its epicenter in Barrancas, 25 km from Mendoza City and the strongest in 20 years in the area, is felt in Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and Córdoba. A magnitude 3.7 earthquake happens the next day in the same area. Together they cause minor or moderate damage to about 600 buildings and injuries to several people. (La Nación, La Nación)
  • 10 August: The Senate passes a law that authorizes the performance of tubal ligation and vasectomy without the need of medical reasons or spousal consent. The law mandates that surgical sterilization be done without charge in public hospitals and that it be included in labor union and private health insurance plans. (Clarín, Página/12, La Nación)


  • 18 September: Argentina and Paraguay agree to settle Paraguay's debt of $11,000 million for the joint Yaciretá dam project. Paraguay will pay using its share of hydroelectricity, at the rate of 8,000 GW per year for 40 years. [9]


  • 5 October: The Senate passes a law that makes sex education compulsory in all schools, private and public, starting at the initial level (5 years of age), to be implemented by each establishment respecting "its institutional body of ideas and the convictions of its members". (Clarín)
  • 13 October: Cellulose plant conflict: Demonstrators again block border crossings between Argentina and Uruguay after the World Bank announces its decision to continue funding the disputed paper mills.[1]
  • 25 October: Argentine prosecutors formally charge the Iranian government and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre which killed 85 people.[2]





See worldwide 2006 in sports

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mill protests shut Uruguay border". BBC. 14 October 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Iran charged over Argentina bomb". BBC. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Safin seals Russian Davis Cup win". BBC. 3 December 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2008.