President Maria Estela Person called on God to mend the ways of those responsible for a wave of violence throughout Argentina when she addressed a public rally in Buenos Aires on Friday (20 September).
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Background: President Maria Estela Person called on God to mend the ways of those responsible for a wave of violence throughout Argentina when she addressed a public rally in Buenos Aires on Friday (20 September).
The rally was called at the Central Plaza de Mayo in front of Government House after President Peron signed into law a bill regulating work contracts. The General Labour Confederation (CGT) had ordered a nation-wide eight-hour stoppage from id-morning to allow workers in the Buenos Aires area to attend the rally. But despite this only about 30,000 people turned out to express their support for Senora Peron, only half the number her late husband General Peron could draw.
The police were out in force keeping a close eye on the rally. They confiscated several banners which they considered to be inappropriate and carried away people in the crowd who had fainted.
Less than an hour before Senora Peron addressed the rally, a former deputy Police chief was murdered in a suburb of the city. Senor Julio Troxler was deputy head of the Buenos Aires provincial police from May 1973 until last January. Senor Troxler was pulled out of a car and shot in full view of horrified children playing football.
He became the thirteenth victim in a week of assassinations, many of them the result of splits within the Peronist movement.
SYNOPSIS: A crowd of about thirty thousand turned out on Friday to cheer Present Maria Estela Person at a special rally to celebrate a bill regulating work contracts she had signed into law.
The General Labour Confederation, one of the power bases of the Peronists, ordered a nation-wide eight-hour stoppage from id-morning to allow workers in the Buenos Aires area to attend the rally.
The police were out in force, taking care of those who fainted and confiscating banners which they considered to be inappropriate.
President Peron, with Labour Minister Other by her side, had hoped to win widespread acclaim for the new labour laws through the rally.
She called on God to mend the ways of those responsible for the wave of violence through Argentina.
Less than an hour before her address a leftwing Peronist was assassinated, bringing the number of violent political deaths in a week to thirteen.