Officials of the Fiat Company in Argentina on Tuesday (28 March) made desperate last minute efforts to reach an agreement with a group of Trotskyist guerillas who kidnapped a company executive, Oberdan Salustro.
GV Crowd outside house
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SV Man from inside house chatting with newsmen
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GV Justice Palace and TILT DOWN TO entrance (2 shots)
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Background: Officials of the Fiat Company in Argentina on Tuesday (28 March) made desperate last minute efforts to reach an agreement with a group of Trotskyist guerillas who kidnapped a company executive, Oberdan Salustro.
The Kidnappers have threatened to execute Senor Salustro unless their full ransom demands are met. As the company tried to meet the demands they came into conflict with the government. One of the demands was that a million dollars worth of supplies should be distributed among children in 800 Argentine schools and that each package should contain a message outlining the aims of the guerilla group.
The government of Argentina has made it clear it cannot allow the Fiat company to distribute the guerilla leaflet.
Police, meanwhile, have intensified their search for the kidnappers and have issued photographs of four people they suspect are members of the gang. They include a young women, named by the police as Risa Clara Cavalli. The other three are Joe Baxter, Francisco Vontrici and Victor Jose Fernandez Palmeiro.
SYNOPSIS: Buenos Aires -- and a crowd outside the home of kidnapped Fiat executive senor Oberdan Salustro. He's been seized by a group calling itself the Trotskyite People's Revolution Army -- and they've threatened to kill him unless substantial cash ransom demands are met. Salustro's son spoke briefly with newsmen. He and his mother admit they've been trying independently to contact the kidnappers to search for some agreement. Fiat are ready to pay the ransom - demanded in the form of supplies for children in eight hundred schools, but the Government forbids them including a message from the Trotskyite group in each package.
The Salustro home has been the main foods of attention for newsmen following the kidnap story. Television cameras are there around the clock - and representatives of the company and police are constantly sought for interviews.
It's at the Palace of Justice though that most police activity is taking place. There, and at Government House there are regular discussions on what steps should be taken to save Senor Salustro. Several times the kidnappers have delayed the time set down for his execution.
Police have released photographs for four people suspected of being in the kidnap gang - one a young woman.
The schools which the guerillas went to see benefit from the ransom money are scattered throughout Argentina. This one is on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The kidnappers say the children are entitled to the Fiat money. The supplies they receive in the ransom packages, say the guerillas, are part of the country's wealth stolen by exploiters.