• Short Summary

    General Jorge Videla, the head of the regime which overthrew President Maria Estela Peron in March, attended a church service on Monday (24 May) to mark the 166th anniversary of Argentina's independence.

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    General Jorge Videla, the head of the regime which overthrew President Maria Estela Peron in March, attended a church service on Monday (24 May) to mark the 166th anniversary of Argentina's independence.

    With him were the chiefs of staff of all the armed forces, other junta members and diplomats.

    The service was broadcast nationally and crowds of people lined the streets to cheer president Videla on his way to the church.

    His regime has pledged itself to curing the nation's political and economic ills and has already gained some support from Argentineans.

    They are prepared to give General Videla a chance as hundreds of Peronists have been arrested and will be tried for corruption.

    Among the measures that have already been taken is the decision to free prices, but freeze wages. This has meant hardship for housewives and inflation is expected to total 600 per cent this year.

    Political violence still continues and in the first four weeks after the army seized power the number of murders stood at 155.

    Since the end of April it has been forbidden to make reference to political violence. But the government still permits news media to comment on the economic state.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADSP561V4RH10WLSM8YXE8BE73
    Media URN:
    VLVADSP561V4RH10WLSM8YXE8BE73
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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