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    The death, 125 years ago of one of Argentina's liberators and heroes, General Jose de San Martin, was commemorated in Buenos Aires on Sunday (17 August).

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    The death, 125 years ago of one of Argentina's liberators and heroes, General Jose de San Martin, was commemorated in Buenos Aires on Sunday (17 August).

    After a ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral, President Maria Estela Peron presided over a military parade at the Plaza do Mayo (May Square)l in honour of the freedom fighter. Among prominent members of the new cabinet attending the ceremony was Interior Minster Colonel Vincente Damasco. Other officials included Commanders-in-chief of the Armed force.

    Before the parade, a bugler played "The Last Post" and a gun salute was fired in honour of General San Martin. It is more than 150 years since he played a major part in driving Spanish forces out of many parts of South America.

    Despite his great contribution to the fight for Independence, San Martin spent the latter years of his life in exile in Europe. He had suffered setbacks, realising that his plans for a centralised constitutional monarchy did not appeal to most Latin American nations, and the he could not reach accord with Bolivar, who also fought for independence. San Martin died at Boulogne on August 17, 1850.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1FDKB54EFG9HDJ9YX0LVJPV82
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FDKB54EFG9HDJ9YX0LVJPV82
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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