• Short Summary

    Primary and secondary schools in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, have been guarded by armed troops against possible guerrilla attacks this week.

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    Primary and secondary schools in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, have been guarded by armed troops against possible guerrilla attacks this week.

    The Education Ministry ordered the security measures on Monday (11 November) but gave no reasons for the action.

    Soldiers with automatic weapons have been on guard at some schools in the suburbs, while sailors armed with pistols have been posted at other schools.

    The armed protection of the city's schoolchildren followed a wave of rumours that political extremists might attack schools to spread panic.

    Argentina's government imposed a "state of seige" -- described as a lesser form of martial law -- on Wednesday (6 November) to counter political violence which has claimed more than 1,000 lives in less than five months.

    Many parents have formed groups to hire armed private guards at school entrances. Others have been keeping their children away from school until examinations shortly before term ends early in December.

    Officials from the Education Ministry said the school term would not be cut short, and more armed guards would be posted at schools progressively to ensure the term was completed as scheduled.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1OYNZ2PB9AXWFEDC28SI51Y5F
    Media URN:
    VLVA1OYNZ2PB9AXWFEDC28SI51Y5F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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