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    Over one hundred people are thought to have died when the Argentine army smashed the largest outbreak of left-wing guerrilla violence in the country's recent history on Wednesday (24 December, 1975).

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    Over one hundred people are thought to have died when the Argentine army smashed the largest outbreak of left-wing guerrilla violence in the country's recent history on Wednesday (24 December, 1975).

    It's thought that eighty-five guerrillas were killed - fifty two of them in a foiled attempt to take over an army arsenal in the Buenos Aires industrial suburb of Avellaneda. Surrounded by troops and police, they were picked out by helicopters with searchlights and mown down the machineguns and mortars as they tried to flee.

    Another thirty-three guerrillas died in a series of diversionary raids, one of which included the placing of bombs under the Riachuelo River bridge which separates Avellaneda from Buenos Aires city.

    Argentinean sources say the raids were carried out jointly by dissident Peronist Montoneros guerrillas and the Marxist Peoples Revolutionary Army (ERP).

    An estimated three hundred guerrillas took part in the raids, half of them in the attack on the arsenal. They failed in their first attack on the arsenal when they met with heavy gunfire from the guards, but later managed to climb over a fence surrounding the compound.

    Then they met strong resistance from arsenal troops who kept them at bay until reinforcements arrived.

    The guerrillas had set fire to more than a dozen stolen cars and buses to block roads leading to the arsenal, they also stopped a train at a vital level crossing, forcing the driver and passengers off at gunpoint, in an attempt to block security forces.

    The guerrilla attack came less than two days after the end of an attempted bloodless coup by a group of right-wing airforce officers who, like the Montoneros, accuse the Government of President Maria Estela Peron of spreading "corruption and chaos."
    The Argentine Army also appears to be hardening its attitude towards President Peron. Army Commander, Jorge Videla, warned the Government of anger in the armed forces at mis-Government, corruption and lack of leadership. He has demanded that matters be put right immediately.

    SYNOPSIS: About a hundred people are thought to have died in a series of guerrilla attacks on the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. The main target was this army arsenal, which the guerrillas entered through the barbed wire fence.

    About a hundred and fifty left-wing guerrillas tried to storm the arsenal, but were surrounded by troops and police and mown down by machineguns and mortars as they tried to escape. A similar number created a series of diversionary raids.

    The set fires to stolen cars and buses to block roads leading to the arsenal to try to stop security forces.

    The outbreak was the largest by left-wing guerrillas in Argentina's recent history. It came two days after an unsuccessful bloodless coup by right-wing army officers. Both groups want President Maria Estela Peron to resign.

    Argentinean sources say the raids were conducted jointly by dissident President Montoneros guerrillas and the Marxist Peoples Revolutionary Army. It accuses the Government of spreading "corruption and chaos."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA74PU19DQLX1OEI4EFXUONM20L
    Media URN:
    VLVA74PU19DQLX1OEI4EFXUONM20L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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