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    Argentine Economy Minister Celestino Rodrigo appeared before the Argentine Lower of Congress on Thursday (3 July) to explain policies which have sparked off unrest in the country and could lead to the declaration of state of emergency.

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    Argentine Economy Minister Celestino Rodrigo appeared before the Argentine Lower of Congress on Thursday (3 July) to explain policies which have sparked off unrest in the country and could lead to the declaration of state of emergency.

    The Economy Minster -- who took office last month, less than a week before he announced the 50 per cent devaluation of the peso -- blamed the policies of his two predecessors in the Peronist governments since May 1973 for the deterioration of the country's economy.

    He said inflation was currently running at a rate of 100 per cent per annum and predicated that this year's budgetary deficit would be four times higher than the original estimate.

    Strong forces of police surrounded the Congress building in Buenos Aires where Senor Rodrigo was speaking. The meeting was Lastiri, who is the first President of the Chamber of Deputies, Senor Raul Lastiri, who is the first in line to take over the presidency from President Meria Estela Peron.

    The following day (4 July), Argentine union leaders ordered a 48-hour general strike to begin on Monday (7 July) in protest against the Government's decision to slash already-negotiated wage increases from up to 150 percent to 50 percent.

    The general confederation of Labour (GCT) -- traditionally the backbone to the Per??? movement -- declared the strike against the government of President Peron at the end of a seven-hour meeting in its Buenos Aires headquarters.

    The 3.5 million- strong Confederations' decision means that the country is likely to be paralysed during the strike. The stoppage will defy a strike ban under the state of siege imposed last November to combat a growing wave of political violence.

    Many thousands of workers, enraged over the decisions to slash the pay increases had already launched wildcat strike in the ??? of Buenos Aires and other industrial areas.

    Police -- under orders to take tough measures if necessary -- waited on the outskirts of the capital to prevent workers entering the city. They turned back thousands of workers marching on Buenos. Aires. Police fired team gas to disperse one column of workers.

    Security forces have virtually sealed off the capital from its industrial suburbs. All cars entering are stopped at blockades and searched before being allowed through. This film blockades also shows an ambulance being searched by special armed anti-riot squads.

    Meanwhile, with the general strike imminent, politicians and trade union chiefs continued to put pressure on President Peron to sack two of her key ministers. One of these was Senor Rodrigo and the other Lopez Rega, the Social Welfare Minister who has assumed a position equivalent to that of Prime Minister.

    News reports have said President Peron is considering imposing a state of emergency more sever than the present state of siege ..... which could result in direct military involvement in the crisis.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6S701RA0PAYIIHON0D9KF722E
    Media URN:
    VLVA6S701RA0PAYIIHON0D9KF722E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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