INTRODUCTION: Members of Argentina's Peronist movement staged a rare demonstration in the capital, Buenos Aires, on Friday (12 June), calling for the release of former President Isabel Peron.
SV PAN Demonstrators waving pro-Peron posters.
GV Demonstrators marching on Government House, Buenos Aires. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Hanging posters from scaffolding outside Government House.
GV Police car patrolling streets.
SV Demonstrators signing petition.
SV Police milling with protest crowd. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Members of Argentina's Peronist movement staged a rare demonstration in the capital, Buenos Aires, on Friday (12 June), calling for the release of former President Isabel Peron.
About 50 demonstrators marched on Government House in Buenos Aires. Former President Peron was overthrown and arrested by the military in 1976, and has been in detention at a villa outside the capital ever since. Charges against the former President include misuse of Government funds, although the court dealing with her case is proceeding slowly - too slowly for the Peronists, who are demanding Mrs Peron's immediate freedom.
As police kept an eye on the demonstration, Peronists signed a petition calling for the release of their leader, later handing it to representatives of the media. The petition was signed by the Peronist Movement's Party Secretary General Manuel Roca and union leader Saul Ubaldini.
Argentina police who are not noted for their tolerance of demonstrators, mingled with the crowd but did not make any arrests, and the demonstration ended peacefully.