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    Thousands of police, troops and border guards kept an uneasy truce in the major Argentine industrial town of Cordoba, during a general strike on Friday (29 October).

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    Thousands of police, troops and border guards kept an uneasy truce in the major Argentine industrial town of Cordoba, during a general strike on Friday (29 October). The strike -- the eleventh this year -- came after days of demonstrations and clashes between police and workers.

    Called by the Confederation of Workers, the strike was in protest against government action in stripping two Cordoba motor trade unions of their legal status, thus virtually liquidating them.

    On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 20 people were injured in clashes and 100 arrested. Police and army reinforcements were moved into the city to prevent further violence during Friday's strike.

    SYNOPSIS: After two days of violence, things were quiet in Cordoba on Friday. The powerful Confederation of Workers had called a general strike to protest government action against two Cordoba motor trade unions 3 days earlier. Clashes between police and workers on Wednesday and Thursday resulted in at least twenty injured and one-hundred arrested.

    Police and army reinforcements were moved into the city on Friday to prevent further violence. Machine-gun posts were set up on top of building, while troops and armoured cars patrolled the streets. On Tuesday, the Government stripped the two motor trade unions of their legal status, thus virtually liquidating them. The government said it took the action because the unions had refused to submit to compulsory arbitration and claimed the unions' activities had been politically motivated.

    The government action prompted a sit-down strike at two major motor vehicles plants. When they refused to move on, border guards were ordered to forcibly remove the strikers. The order resulted in clashes, in which police and troops used tear gas and water cannon. The government show of force of Friday, may have prevented further violence.

    Car workers arrived at their factories, clocked in, then left again Meanwhile, the two-months strike of civil servants, who are demanding pay rises, continues. Law clerks, also demanding wage increases, have stopped work again. Teachers, too, are on strike for forty-eight hours in support of the civil servants.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA98Z0XRW1LKLWV4V9ZG9J297LH
    Media URN:
    VLVA98Z0XRW1LKLWV4V9ZG9J297LH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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