• Short Summary

    On my second try I managed to get footage of the arrest of mobilized bank strikers without having my film confiscated by the military. (I am sending along in this package the receipt the Marines gave me night before last, March 12, for the film they took away from me after they hadheld me for an hour.

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    On my second try I managed to get footage of the arrest of mobilized bank strikers without having my film confiscated by the military. (I am sending along in this package the receipt the Marines gave me night before last, March 12, for the film they took away from me after they hadheld me for an hour. We'll never see that film again.) The reason I did not have my film confiscated yesterday was because it was the army and not the marines who were making the arrests I shot yesterday. The Army is sometimes more tolerant in these matters.

    The enclosed newspaper clipping sums up yesterday's events fairly well. The paragraphs I have marked with a pencil refer directly to the incidents at the Postal Savings Bank, which I shot. This bank faces Plaza Congress (CQ) (Congress Square) in the heart of Buenos Aires. One thing the newspaper clipping does not explain is the cause of the bank strike. Two months ago it started out a san attempt to get pay raises and increased pension benefits. Then five weeks ago, the police took over the headquarters of the Bankers' Association (which has 40,000 members) and henceforth the return of these headquarters became the issue. At this late date many of the strikers themselves do not know what they are striking for.

    The scene of the incident son this reel was set at mid-night Sunday when the government, faced with a total collapse of banking activities throughout the country, mobilized the bank workers and threatened to cart recalcitrant strikers off to military barracks and give them ratings commensurate with their bank positions if (CQ) did not show up for work -- and work satisfactorily -- within 48 hours. Most of the bank employees did show up for work, but in many instances they worked at a snail's pace or simply refused to work, folded their arms and sang the national anthem. As of today, the situation is worse than ever. Whereas previously some of the banks remained will be closed as they have been four of the five working days this week.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADB1E6FNRVB4OSI493GM3WVARD
    Media URN:
    VLVADB1E6FNRVB4OSI493GM3WVARD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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