Argentines protest demanding answers to economic crisis

Protesters cook meatballs and rice in the middle of 9 de Julio avenue as a protest against new government economic measures in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Protesters cook meatballs and rice in the middle of 9 de Julio avenue as a protest against new government economic measures in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Demonstrators sit in the middle of 9 de Julio avenue to protest new government economic measures in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Demonstrators sit in the middle of 9 de Julio avenue to protest new government economic measures in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

A woman serves meatballs and rice from a soup kitchen set up in the middle of 9 de Julio avenue as a protest against new government economic measures

A woman serves meatballs and rice from a soup kitchen set up in the middle of 9 de Julio avenue as a protest against new government economic measures

People wait for the subway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

People wait for the subway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thousands of Argentines are staging a demonstration to protest recent government austerity measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis.

Demonstrators led by labor unions gridlocked traffic on some of the main avenues of Argentina's capital Wednesday. Some protesters cooked stews in big pots and offered them to passers-by to dramatize growing poverty levels.

Argentina's consumer prices are soaring, unemployment is high and the Argentine peso has sharply depreciated.

The crisis forced President Mauricio Macri's government to seek a $50 billion credit line the International Monetary Fund this year.

Macri recently announced new taxes on exports and the elimination of several government ministries to calm investor concerns about the country's ability to pay its debts.