INTRODUCTION: In Argentina, thousands of followers of the former leader, Juan Peron, crowded the streets of Buenos Aires to mark the seventh anniversary of his death.
LV General Ernesto Fatigati speaking to crowd ZOOM OUT crowds chanting in Buenos Aires cemetery.
GV PAN Crowd chanting pro-Peron slogans. (2 SHOTS)
GV Wreath commemorating anniversary at cemetery.
GV Helicopter flies overhead.
GV PAN Crowd singing Peron anthem.
SV People placing flowers in cemetery and crossing themselves.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Argentina, thousands of followers of the former leader, Juan Peron, crowded the streets of Buenos Aires to mark the seventh anniversary of his death. The waved banners demanding the release of Peron's third wife, Isabel. Opposition groups have become increasingly vociferous in Argentina as the military government of President Viola loses popularity.
SYNOPSIS: Among those addressing Peronists in the city's La Chacarita cemetery, where Peron is buried, was General Ernesto Fatigati.
Elsewhere in the city, three thousand Peron supporters gathered outside a church to call for his wife to be freed from prison.
Opposition political groups now say openly they want to bring Isabel Peron to power again as attacks on the government mount over its economic performance.
There have been big devaluations of the Argentina's currency, the Peso, and on Wednesday (1 July) the Justicialista Party -- the Peronists -- maintained that the 1976 military coup had failed altogether. Newspapers and the Church have joined in the criticism of President Viola.
The crowds in the cemetery sang the Peronists anthem, echoed by other supporters who marched through the streets of the capital. The waved banners and chanted slogans in open defiance of the Viola government.
Riot police were present during the street demonstrations, but no arrests were made and eventually the crowds broke up into small groups and dispersed. But moves were still continuing to seek Isabel Peron's release from prison.