• Short Summary

    THOUSAND OF SUPPORTERS OF THE EX-PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA, GENERAL PERON, TURNED THE APPROACHES TO THE BUENOS AIRES CONGRESS INTO A BATTLEGROUND ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

  • Description

    THOUSAND OF SUPPORTERS OF THE EX-PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA, GENERAL PERON, TURNED THE APPROACHES TO THE BUENOS AIRES CONGRESS INTO A BATTLEGROUND ON FRIDAY NIGHT. IN A TWO-HOUR LONG FIGHT, MOUNTED POLICE, TEAR-GAS SQUADS AND FIREMEN WITH POWERFUL HOSES STRUGGLED TO KEEP THE PERONISTS UNDER CONTROL.

    THROUGH THE NOISE OF THE MOB'S SHOUTS AND THE EXPLOSIONS OF TEAR-GAS BOMBS SEVERAL SHOTS WERE HEARD: LATER TWO POLICEMEN WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH BULLET WOUNDS. SCORES OF DEMONSTRATORS WERE INJURED AND MANY MORE ARRESTED.

    THE TROUBLE STARTED WHEN A RECORDING OF A SPEECH BY GENERAL PERON WAS PLAYED OVER TO THE CROWD. THE 50,000 LISTENERS, INCENSED BY THE WORDS OF THEIR DEPOSED LEADER, MARCHED ON CONGRESS, AND WERE ONLY STOPPED BY THE POLICE CORDONS. PERMISSION TO HOLD THE RALLY WAS ONLY GIVEN ON THE STRICT PROVISO THAT NO VIOLENCE WOULD BE FORTHCOMING. PERONIST PARTIES WERE ONLY PERMITTED TO BEGIN ACTIVITIES AGAIN LAST WEEK.

    LARGE PICTURES OF GENERAL PERON AND HIS LATE WIFE EVA PERON DOMINATED THE MEETING: THEY HUNG SIDE BY SIDE WITH BANNERS DEMANDING "PERON OR DEATH". THE GENERAL'S VOICE DREW FRANTIC APPLAUSE WHEN IT SAID: "WHENEVER REVOLUTION LOOMS, IMPERIALISTS, COMMUNISTS, THE CHURCH AND MASONS JOIN FORCES AGAINST IT". AFTERWARDS, A SPEECH BY EVA PERON BROUGHT TEARS TO THE EYES OF MANY LISTENING WOMEN.

    DR. ARTURO ILLIA TOOK OVER THE GOVERNMENT OF ARGENTINA ONLY FIVE DAYS AGO, PROMISING TO REPEAL OR RELAX ALL LAWS AND DECREES RESTRICTING CIVIL LIBERTIES. THE POWER OF THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENT IN ARGENTINA IS CAUSING WIDE CONCERN IN MANY LEVELS OF SOCIETY - PARTICULARLY THE ARMY - AND THERE IS GENERAL BELIEF THAT ONLY "ORTHODOX REPRESSION" CAN RESTRICT COMMUNIST COMINATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5V9PZPJLWC7SRPJUW4HYX6OPD
    Media URN:
    VLVA5V9PZPJLWC7SRPJUW4HYX6OPD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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