Political violence continues to mount in Argentina. After a pitched gunbattle in Cordoba on Tuesday?
Political violence continues to mount in Argentina. After a pitched gunbattle in Cordoba on Tuesday (8 October), police combed the Electricity Union headquarters and produced an arsenal of guns and ammunition.
The gunbattle coincided with declaration from Argentine President Maria Estela Peron that the government would take a firm stand to erradicate political violence.
Shooting started as the police traced a clandestine radio transmitter to a station wagon parked near the union headquarters. As police closed in, snipers opened fire from adjoining buildings including the roof of the union headquarters.
As the gunmen fled, police arrested 80 people -- mostly from the union headquarters, some from the Workers' Socialist Party headquarters. In the search of the union building, the authorities uncovered subversive literature, lists of politicians, and plans of military and police barracks. Afterwards, police issued an arrest warrant for union leader Agustin Tosco.
Police later claimed that the station wagon housing the radio transmitter had been bought by urban guerrillas from the kidnap gang who abducted Anglo-Argentine executive Maurice Kember. Mr. Kember was rescued by police on Tuesday after another Cordoba gunbattle with his kidnappers. More arms were discovered at the house where he had been held.