At least seven people were killed as outbreaks of looting and violence spread across the country when police abandoned their posts in spreading strikes organised to pressure provincial governors into raising pay.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, speaking at an event in capital Buenos Aires, has condemned the violence.
“I’m not naive. I don’t believe in coincidences. Nor do I believe that acts are contagious as chatter seems to indicate,” the president state.
“Mumps, chickenpox or rubella are contagious. But some things that happen in Argentina, and some things that happen on certain dates and with certain players are not contagious. They are planned and executed with surgical precision.”
End of dictatorship
Tuesday marked three decades since President Raul Alfonsin’s inauguration ended three decades of military dictatorship.
All political parties were invited to assemble on a stage in front of the presidential palace for a night of speeches and musical celebrations.
There were calls for the party to be called off by the late president’s son, legislator Ricardo Alfonsin, and Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri.
The violence first broke out last week in Cordoba, north of the capital Buenos Aires, as officers went on strike asking for pay rises in line with the country’s 25 per cent inflation.