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.
LV President Videla marching with his Admirals and chiefs of staff towards Metropolitan Cathedral, passing troops lining route and cheering crowds (5 shots)
SV President and chiefs of staff being greeted by Bishop and they enter cathedral (2 shots)
SV Household guards during broadcasting of church service (2 shots)
SV ZOOM TO Sailor listening to service and crowds outside cathedral (3 shots)
SV President Videla down steps of cathedral and into car (2 shots)
SV Bugler sounding march-off
SV Mounted guards at head of parade
SV Naval contingent marching past, followed by military police (2 shots)
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Background: 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.