For two weeks Visnews cameraman based in the Dominican Republic has stalked the island for chances of filming exiled Cuban es-President Fulgencio Batista.
For two weeks Visnews cameraman based in the Dominican Republic has stalked the island for chances of filming exiled Cuban es-President Fulgencio Batista. He didn't find Batista, instead he found another ex-Dictator, Juan Peron of Argentine,....shopping in a food supermarket looking much the same as any suburban husband. Peron, who came to the island 1955, was accompanied by his charming secretary, Miss Isabelita Martinez, and her poodle dog. This supermarket,-'Wimpy's' - owned by a former American pilot, is the only air conditioned one on the island, and specializes in American foods, to which Peron is partial.
Occasionally Peron receives visits from Argentinian politicians and trade union leaders. These visits, it's reported, raise his hopes of some day returning to Buenos Aires in triumph.
At present Argentine is in the throes of a general strike. Air, road and water transport, postal and many other services are crippled.
Bombs have been placed on railway lines, disrupting services. Urban train services are almost at a standstill, a few underground trains are in service, manned by officials.
Troops, tanks police and tear-gas were used to dislodge strikers holding out in a national meat packing plant, in the Mataderos area. 62 neo-Peronist unions called a strike to support the packing station workers. Other unions have registered sympathy with the cause of the strikers who are opposed to the handing over of the plant to private enterprise. The Government alleges that the plant has run at a loss for several years. The strikers replied that bad management is the cause.
The high cost of living, which increases daily, threatens living standards, and it's against this that the general strike is directed. Observers see this as a front for political agitation against the Frondizi Government, waged by the Communists or the Peronists.
President Frondizi, who flew to USA for a State visit, Jan 19, has placed the three military leaders in virtual control. The Government announced the call-up of reservists, Jan 20. All Buenos Aires transport workers were conscripted.