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Striking Argentina teachers take to the streets in big march

  • Teachers hold an Argentine flag during a protest demanding higher wages in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tens of thousands of teachers marched to Plaza de Mayo, the park overlooking the presidential palace, during their fourth day of national strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Teachers hold an Argentine flag during a protest demanding higher wages in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tens of thousands of teachers marched to Plaza de Mayo, the park overlooking the presidential palace, during their fourth day of national strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Teachers chant slogans during a protest demanding higher wages in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tens of thousands of teachers marched to Plaza de Mayo, the park overlooking the presidential palace, during their fourth day of a national strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Teachers chant slogans during a protest demanding higher wages in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tens of thousands of teachers marched to Plaza de Mayo, the park overlooking the presidential palace, during their fourth day of a national strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)  (The Associated Press)

  • A teacher holds a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "All united for public education for the entire country", during a protest demanding higher wages in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tens of thousands of teachers marched to Plaza de Mayo, the park overlooking the presidential palace, during their fourth day of national strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    A teacher holds a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "All united for public education for the entire country", during a protest demanding higher wages in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tens of thousands of teachers marched to Plaza de Mayo, the park overlooking the presidential palace, during their fourth day of national strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)  (The Associated Press)

Tens of thousands of Argentina teachers have marched through the streets of Buenos Aires as part of their two-week-old nationwide strike.

The stoppage began March 6 and has delayed the start of classes for millions of children. It has hit public schools particularly hard.

Unions for private and public school teachers are demanding a pay increase of 35 percent to compensate for Argentina's high inflation in consumer prices. Last year's inflation rate reached 40 percent.

Provincial governments are offering raises of roughly half the teachers' demand, varying by region.

Demonstrators blocked some of the main avenues in the Argentine capital Wednesday and gathered in front of the presidential palace.

President Mauricio Macri has criticized the strike, calling it a politically motivated move ahead of October's congressional elections.