Guerrillas convicted of killing policemen, soldiers and officials in Argentina will be automatically sentenced to death by a firing squad under a new government ruling.
Guerrillas convicted of killing policemen, soldiers and officials in Argentina will be automatically sentenced to death by a firing squad under a new government ruling. The announcement comes against a background of continued violence between security forces and urban guerrillas. On Thursday (15 July), an illegal printing press, believed to be run by guerrillas, was raided by security forces.
SYNOPSIS: The press was found beneath an ironmongers shop in the city of Cordoba, after police had received information from a man taken into custody earlier this month. Two women and a man had been living in a flat attached to the shop but they disappeared just before the police raid.
The printing equipment was housed in a steel and cement tunnel, 15 metres long (about 16 yards) by four metres wide (about 4 1/2 yards). Police found comprehensive offset printing machinery, rotaprints, a trimmer and full equipment for photography and illustrations. It had ben used, according to police, for printing books, leaflets and training manuals and was said to be the biggest of its type ever discovered in Argentina.
Security forces believe the press was run by members or sympathisers of ERP - the Marxist People's Revolutionary Party. The group have been held responsible for a number of recent acts of violence against police and military officials. Police said the steel and concrete structure of the printing press meant that vibrations from the machines were minimised, and neighbours were not suspicious.