Two retired Argentine generals...backed by the Navy...proclaimed a coup against the government of President Jose?
Two retired Argentine generals...backed by the Navy...proclaimed a coup against the government of President Jose M. Guido Tuesday (2 April).
Lt. Gen. Benjamin Menendez and Maj. Gen Federico Toranze Montero said they were seizing power to block elections they believe would lead to a takeover by followers of ousted dictator Juan Peron.
In a confusing series of developments...Guido announced the revolt crushed less than four hours after its inception. Then he backtracked...and ordered the rebels to surrender or face attack from troops loyal to him. There were also reports that the revolt had been sparked because of an alleged threat of communists' taking power.
Argentina has been in a state of unrest for sometime. Last week Guido summoned a meeting of his military cabinet. He accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Rodolfo Martinez. Among those at the meeting were Defense Minister Jose Maria Astigueta, who was in charge Tuesday (2 april) of putting down the revolt.
A central figure in the continuing Argentine crisis is former President Arturo Frondizi, who was deposed by the military a year ago for alleged pro-Peronist policies. Frondizi is shown here during his recent removal from a jail to Buenos Aires to a detention home island.
Some observers have speculated that national elections....scheduled for 23 June...will be postponed.