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    Argentina's President Maria Estela Peron, joined the commanders of the country's Army, Navy and Air Forces, to present awards at a military graduation ceremony on Friday (9 January).

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    Argentina's President Maria Estela Peron, joined the commanders of the country's Army, Navy and Air Forces, to present awards at a military graduation ceremony on Friday (9 January).

    In a speech to the graduates President Peron urged her countrymen to join the fighting against the "atheist, mercenary and delirious" guerrillas. She said the purpose of the fight was "to ensure our country's survival as a civilised community".

    Her speech came after right-wing terrorists, posing as commando groups, seized at least seventeen people in the northern and industrial towns of Cordoba and Villa Constitution.

    Since last November, Argentina's "anti-subversion" struggle, which is officially limited to guerrillas, but which has been extended to anyone who openly criticises the Government's repressive measures and economic policies, has come under the direct control of the armed forces.

    The graduation ceremony was held at the Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires. Mrs. Peron handed out sabres to non-Argentinean cadets who have been studying in the city under military scholarships. Other sabres were handed out to honours graduates from the Argentine military services.

    SYNOPSIS: The Colon Theatre in the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires, where President Maria Estela Peron presented military awards on Friday.

    Mrs. Peron handed out sabres to non-Argentinean cadets who have been studying in the city's Military Academy under scholarships, and to newly appointed officers.

    Argentina is facing a time of drastic uncertainty and the people are talking quite openly about the possibility of a coup against President Peron. Only last month rebel Air Force officers called for the resignation of the Government, but they failed to win support from the other armed forces.

    More recently, right-wing terrorists, posing as commando groups, seized numerous people and murdered some of them. Since last November, Argentina's so-called anti-subversion struggle has come under the direct control of the armed forces. It is officially limited to guerrillas, but now extends to anyone who criticises the Government.

    In her speech to the graduates, President Peron urged her countrymen to join the fight against what she termed the atheist, mercenary and delirious guerrillas. She said the purpose of the fight was to ensure Argentine's survival as a civilised community.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6RO3UX9G3W9V1TOR3BGGHBQV3
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RO3UX9G3W9V1TOR3BGGHBQV3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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