• Short Summary

    Argentine businessmen staged a nationwide 24-hour "lockout" on Monday (16 February) to protest against Argentina's "rapid economic decline under Peronist rule".

  • Description

    Argentine businessmen staged a nationwide 24-hour "lockout" on Monday (16 February) to protest against Argentina's "rapid economic decline under Peronist rule".

    The lockout, called by Argentina's Permanent Assembly of Businessmen (APEGE), went ahead despite bomb blasts in Buenos Aires and neighbouring La Plata, and in defiance of a Government warning that the full rigour of the law would be applied against its organisers.

    Pre-dawn bombs wrecked five Fiat motor showrooms around the capital and two bank branches in La Plata, some 25 (48 kilometres) to the south. There were no injuries.

    APEGE officials claim 90 percent of Argentina's businessmen, farmers and services shut down during the pretest.

    They say the move was necessary because the Government's policies have brought the country to the verge of bankruptcy, with runaway inflation that has soared to 935 percent in the past year.

    The lockout was massively effective in Buenos Aires. In the city centre, department stores, boutiques and small shops didn't open....restaurants and bars also remained closed.

    Commuter trains and buses from suburbs to the city were half empty--employers have guaranteed they will pay workers' wages for the lockout---and Monday morning rush hour traffic was down to a trickle.

    Banks and multi-national corporations did not join in, but have expressed sympathy with the protest.

    The lockout--the first employers strike ever staged throughout the country---coincided with mounting demands for the removal of President Maria Estela Person.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABFW0DHWVJRQ7DOJQIIDDDP23R
    Media URN:
    VLVABFW0DHWVJRQ7DOJQIIDDDP23R
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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