The violence in Argentina has continued with a number of serious clashes between security forces and urban guerrilla groups.
The violence in Argentina has continued with a number of serious clashes between security forces and urban guerrilla groups. Foreign Minister, Vice-Admiral Cesar Guzzetti, was shot and wounded earlier this month. His ministerial position has since been filled by Vice-Admiral Oscar Montes. It was against this background of violence that the country celebrated the 167th anniversary of its independence on Wednesday (25 May).
SYNOPSIS: It was a wet day in Buenos Aires as troops paraded in traditional dress. The three members of the ruling military junta -- seen from left to right, President Jorge Videla, Rear Admiral Eduardo Emilio Massera and Brigadier-General Orlando Ramon Agosti -- were at Government House to receive representatives of the foreign diplomatic corps and Argentina's armed forces. Vice-Admiral Guzzetti's replacement as Foreign Minister was the first ministerial change in Argentina since the military seized power in March 1976. It's since been followed by the resignation of Education Minister, Ricardo Bruera.
The independence celebrations continued later in the day with a service at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires. one year ago the military junta were saying they believed the unrest in Argentina could be brought to an end. At least 300 people were reportedly arrested earlier this month and accused of handling the finance for left-wing guerrilla groups. There have been claims that a number of leading figures took part in a cover-up of the multi-million dollar affair. If the allegations are true then the junta face an even greater task in achieving their hope for a peaceful Argentina.