• Short Summary

    Argentina's Army Commander, General Leandro Enrique Anaya, told mourners at the funeral of an army colonel, one of the latest assassination victims, that the Armed Forces were ready "to fall on the guerrillas with all our might as soon as the people request such action through their legitimate representatives."
    Colonel Jorge Grassi was shot by a group of men on Wednesday (25 September) as he was leaving his suburban home in Cordoba.

  • Description

    Argentina's Army Commander, General Leandro Enrique Anaya, told mourners at the funeral of an army colonel, one of the latest assassination victims, that the Armed Forces were ready "to fall on the guerrillas with all our might as soon as the people request such action through their legitimate representatives."
    Colonel Jorge Grassi was shot by a group of men on Wednesday (25 September) as he was leaving his suburban home in Cordoba. He died shortly after being taken to hospital.

    The Colonel was apparently the first target in a retaliation campaign announced by the Marxist People's Revolutionary Army (ERP). The ERP said it would indiscriminately assassinate 16 Army officers, one for each of their comrades killed in Catamarca Province last month by the Army after the ERP claimed their men had surrendered.

    By Saturday (28 September) the killing of a Marxist lawyer, Silvio Frondizi by the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance (AAA) had brought the number of assassinations in Argentina to more than 90 since General Peron's death three months ago. The lawyer was on a death list released earlier in the week by the AAA, which has claimed responsibility for the assassination of 12 leftwingers in the past month.

    SYNOPSIS: An Army Colonel, Jorge Grassi, was assassinated in the Argentine city of Cordoba on Wednesday, apparently a victim of a revenge campaign by Marxist guerrillas.

    His funeral, attended by Argentina's top military officers, including the Army Commander-in-Chief, General Anaya, reflected the Army's concern with the continuing violence, now directed against them.

    In a speech at the funeral, General Anaya said the Armed Forces were ready "to fall on the guerrillas" with all their might as soon as the people requested such action through their legitimate representatives.

    On Thursday, President Maria Peron asked Congress to approve a tough new penal bill designed to combat the violence which has left more than ninety people dead in the three months since General Peron died.

    Colonel Grassi was shot as he left his house in the suburbs of Cordoba. A group of men were waiting to ambush him.

    The gunmen let off a volley of bullets, scarring the grass on the lawn. Colonel Grassi was riddled with bullets but, still alive, was taken to hospital.

    He died shortly after he was admitted. Another officer has also been shot dead by a group of men in a speeding car.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4JH2U2XKD9AR06MW1A983J4JY
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JH2U2XKD9AR06MW1A983J4JY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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