Argentina celebrated its independence day on Tuesday (July 9) amid growing concern about its future.?
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Background: Argentina celebrated its independence day on Tuesday (July 9) amid growing concern about its future. As President Maria Peron attended a church service to mark the day ....her first public appearance since her husband's funeral...police reported bomb and machine gun attacks in the city.
The left and right wings of the Peronist movement are engaged in a violent feud that started just before General Peron's return to Argentina in June last year. The situation calmed slightly just before the General's death when he offered to resign if the people did not have confidence in his measures to beat inflation and governmental changes. But now he is gone.
Independence day is celebrated in Argentine each July 9 to mark the anniversary of the proclamation of independence from Spain on that day in 1816. As usual it was marked this year by a military parade through Buenos Aires, but less spectacular than usual.
SYNOPSIS: Tuesday marked the 158th anniversary of Argentina's proclamation of independence from Spain. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the capital, Buenos Aires to witness the celebrations which this year were clouded by the recent death of General Peron, the exiled leader who returned to lead the country just over a year ago.
After the traditional march by members of the military forces....a parade smaller than in previous years...the crowd gathered aground the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral where the new leader, President Maria Peron, wife of the late leader, was attending a service to mark the say. It was her first public appearance since the funeral.
The day's celebrations wee offset by reports of bomb and machine gun attacks as left and right wing members of the Peronist Party continued their feud. It seems that by the time Argentina celebrates its next anniversary the political structure could be greatly altered.