Police and troops firing tear gas grenades dispersed about 1,500 protesters in Buenos Aires on Friday (April 28) as they tried to stage a government-banned "Hunger March" against the military government's economic policies.
GV People leaving down town area before march
GV Armed police by truck (2 shots)
SV Group of armed police marching
GV Group of youths on street corner
SV Youths running as police fire tear gas
SV Police motorcycle and young man lying in road
SV Mounted police holding back demonstrators
SV Youth helped to feet
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Background: Police and troops firing tear gas grenades dispersed about 1,500 protesters in Buenos Aires on Friday (April 28) as they tried to stage a government-banned "Hunger March" against the military government's economic policies.
Two bombs exploded near the offices of President Alejandro Lanusse, injuring a child and damaging a building.
About 5,000 police and 1,500 troops had sealed off the central business and entertainment district of the city--but small groups off demonstrators throwing stones and petrol bombs at police managed to break the blockade and tried to build barricades.
The march was organised by a coalition of small left-wing political parties and trade unionists calling themselves the "National Argentine Rally". They were demanding higher wages, freedom for political prisoners, effective measures against inflation and the cancellation of sharp rises in the price of state-supplied electricity.
Earlier this month, the electricity price increases sparked off four days of rioting in Mendoza and San Juan, two west Argentine cities.
President Lanusse went on television in an apparent attempt to forestall the march--announcing 15 per cent wage increases from May I, a reduction in electricity price increases in the interior of the country, improved social benefits for workers and pensioners and a return to collective bargaining for future pay increases.