Police and several hundred workers clashed in Buenos Aires during the nationwide strike on Thursday (October 22nd).
Police and several hundred workers clashed in Buenos Aires during the nationwide strike on Thursday (October 22nd). Police sealed off approaches to the headquarters of the General confederation of Labour, which had called the strike, but hundreds of works got through the ring of police and clashes followed.
Late police used tear gas in clashes with demonstrators outside another union building.
The Confederation of Labour called the strike to press wage claims and protest against the Government's social and economic policies.
The Confederation's national executive planned a rally in the capital, but when Federal Authorities banned this, the executive called on the workers to assemble in front of the confederation building for an anti-government demonstration.
Crowds gathered also ground the headquarters of the machinists union and police used their gas to disperse them. Ambulances and medical workers were on hand to treat those affected by the gas.
Bomb explosions marked the beginning of the strike, rocking cities and towns throughout the country and damaging government offices. At Rosario, 190 miles (300 kms) north east of Buenos Aires, a police expert was killed and another seriously injured when a bomb they were trying to defuse exploded.
This was a second of a series of strikes planned by the Confederation of Labour. The first, on October the 19th , virtually paralysed the nation.