• Short Summary

    Hundreds of thousands of Argentines were camping out on Wednesday (20 June) at Buenos Aires Ezeizu, International Airport awaiting the return home from an 18-year-exile of the country's former President, Juan Peron.

  • Description

    Hundreds of thousands of Argentines were camping out on Wednesday (20 June) at Buenos Aires Ezeizu, International Airport awaiting the return home from an 18-year-exile of the country's former President, Juan Peron.

    But what was to have been a triumphal return home turned to tragedy after a gunbattle erupted among the crowds awaiting his arrival.

    Police said a group of armed Peronist extremists tried to seize control of a rostrum where Peron was to have addressed a mass rally.

    In the ensuing battle eight people died and at least two hundred were injured.

    The rally was cancelled and Senor Peron -- who had unexpectedly been diverted to the Military airbase at Moron -- went home.

    President Campora said Senor Peron would make his speech tomorrow because incidents among the crowds waiting for him showed a lack of security.

    Ex-President Peron, who was accompanied on his flight by his political protege, President Hector Campora of Argentina, was seen off in Madrid by General Francisco Franco. The former president had spent the last 13 years of his exile in Spain.

    Spain's new Prime Minister, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, and the full Spanish Cabinet gathered to bid farewell to the 77-year-old Argentine statesman just after dawn on Wednesday. Dr. Campora was returning home from a five-day official visit to Spain.

    Senor Peron, was President of Argentina from 1946 until he was ousted by a military coup and went into exile in 1955.

    Before boarding the aircraft, President Campora signed a joint communique with General Franco in which the Argentine chief of state expressed his country's gratitude to Spain for its hospitality to Senor Peron.

    SYNOPSIS: A farewell ceremony at Madrid Airport on Wednesday marked the end of an eighteen year exile for ex-President Juan Peron of Argentina (at left). Spanish head of state General Francisco Franco accompanied Senor Peron and Argentina President Hector Campora (at the right) to the airport.

    Ex-President Peron had spent the last thirteen years of his exile in Spain. He was returning home to a massive welcome in Argentina, which he had ruled for nine years until ousted by a military coup in nineteen-fifty-five. Senor Peron's political protege President Hector Campora was returning home at the end of a five-day state visit to Spain.

    Before the official farewell ceremony, Dr. Campora had signed a joint communique with General Franco. In the document, the Argentine head of state expressed his country's gratitude to Spain for its hospitality to Senor Peron during his long exile. Dr. Campora, a former dentist, was elected to office in March.

    There was strict security at Madrid Airport for the farewell ceremony. At Buenos Aires airport hundreds of thousands of his supporters waited to greet him. But he landed unexpectedly at Moron military air base, twenty-miles away.

    The Spanish leader embraced both Senor Peron and President Campora before the two Argentina statesmen boarded their aircraft. Travelling with them were Senor Peron's third wife, Ise???l, and more than a hundred Peronist supporters.

    Senor Pero waved a last farewell to the country which was his second home. But is hoped-for triumphal return turned into tragedy when eight people died and two hundred were injured when armed Peronists extremists tried to seize a rostrum where he was due to address a mass rally in Buenos Aires.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8UJZSCRYN5W8YT4WJEH82FYJL
    Media URN:
    VLVA8UJZSCRYN5W8YT4WJEH82FYJL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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