Supporters of Argentina's exiled ex-President Juan Domingo Peron, ousted by a military uprising in 1955, still constitute the biggest single political force in Argentina.
Supporters of Argentina's exiled ex-President Juan Domingo Peron, ousted by a military uprising in 1955, still constitute the biggest single political force in Argentina. And with free elections promised for not later than 1973 by the current military government of army General President Alejandro Lanusse, Peronist supporters are hoping for a return of their 75-year-old leader, who is now living in Madrid.
It is believed, however, that, in spite of the support he still commands in Argentina, Peron is unwilling to involve himself in the rigours of political life again. He has been quoted as saying that he has lost his ambition and drive, and, at 75, he considers that the country needs a younger leader.
But nostalgia, not politics could take him back. In January, he was quoted by the publication Pueblo of Madrid as saying: "Nostalgia is at the centre of my thoughts, although I have become perfectly adapted to living outside my homeland. Some day I shall return to Argentina." Meanwhile, his supporters continue to hold emotional meetings, calling upon him to return. The meeting filmed here was held in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (July 7), after Peronist supporters' leader Jorge Paladino had returned from talks in Madrid with the ex-President.
We refer News Editors to Visnews Production No. 7833/71 (SOUND) also serviced 11 July 1971, which refers to the annual July Military Parade in Buenos Aires, watched by General Alejandro Lanusse.