Continuing his series of tours into the interior of Argentina, President Jorge Videla visited the north western region on Thursday (12 August).
CU ZOOM OUT FROM: President Videla taking salute from guard of honour in Doroda and President walks past guard as crowd applauds (2 shots)
SV: President walks to rostrum as soldiers keep crowd back (2 shots)
SV: guard of honour
CU: Videla taking salute and GV guard of honour (2 shots)
GV: Iguazu falls on border of Argentina, Brazil and Peru (4 shots)
GV: Parana river and cellulose factory and paper factory on bank of river (3 shots)
SV ZOOM TO: President and party walking down factory steps as workers look on (3 shots)
GV: entrance to factory
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Background: Continuing his series of tours into the interior of Argentina, President Jorge Videla visited the north western region on Thursday (12 August).
SYNOPSIS: His first official stop was at the town of Dorado in the province of Misiones. The north west region is generally regarded as the forgotten part of Argentina. Its climate is subtropical, it is under-populated, and under-developed, Most of the inhabitants speak a mixture of Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish, though it is Portuguese which is taught in the schools.
One of the objects of President Videla's tour is to allay fears about Brazil's increasing influence in the region. Misiones Province is virtually surrounded by Brazilian and paraguayan territory, and Iguazu Falls borders all three. In Misiones radios and televisions mainly receive Brazilian broadcasts. Consequently the region is threatened with being absorbed by its more advanced neighbours.
What industry there is in the province, is situated on the banks of the Parana River. These two factories - one producing cellulose and the other paper - are typical. The major production of the area is timber and paper.
At a news conference held during his tour, President Videla said that "human rights" were "fully in force" for all Argentines and foreigners of goodwill in the country. He said his Government wished to respect human rights to benefit all men of goodwill.