Nearly three hundred demonstrators were arrested in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night (28 June) by security forces under the command of the Argentina First Army Corps.
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SV Student leader PAN to others
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SV Police motorcyclists move in to disperse crowd (2 shots)
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SV Injured demonstrator with police (2 shots)
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Background: Nearly three hundred demonstrators were arrested in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night (28 June) by security forces under the command of the Argentina First Army Corps.
In an effort to prevent the demonstration, the army took over control of the capital on Wednesday morning, cordoning off 400 blocks around the centrally-situated Casa Rosada presidency building. The army action failed to prevent the demonstration, however, an it took place just outside the cordoned area. More than a thousand people erected barricades, lit huge bonfires and threw stones and petrol bombs at buildings. There were also some sporadic shooting incidents, but no casualties were reported.
Wednesday night's rioting was the fifth successive night of anti-government demonstrations on the anniversary of the seizure of political power by the armed forces six years ago from Argentina's last democratically elected president, Arturo Illia.
It was the second time that the Army had taken over the capital in two months, and the action came at a time when President Alejandro Lanusse stopped up plans t lead the country back to constitutional rule by holding general elections next March.
The violence also followed close upon a judicial decision announced on Tuesday (27 June) allowing the candidacy of the former President Juan Peron in the coming elections.