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Thousands march against government

Thousands of Argentines are protesting against the government of President Cristina Fernandez.

But with only days left before an election tests her support, the crowds are much smaller than in previous pot-banging street protests.

Thursday night marked the end of campaigning ahead of Sunday's vote, but a huge and deadly gas explosion in Rosario prompted politicians to cancel final rallies, and deflated the protesters' plans.

"Let's shake things up" was the theme of the marches, taken from Pope Francis' speech to Argentines in Rio de Janeiro. Their signs condemned corruption, inflation and unchecked presidential power.

Martin Insaurralde leads the ruling party's slate for congress. He said yesterday that the government's opponents are proposing plans that have proven to be failures.

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