The Argentine President, General Jorge Videla, has been touring the Patagonian region of southern Argentina.?
GV Naval guard of honour at Rawson airport
MV Argentine President Videla (left) speaking with Chubut Province Governor Col. Etchgoyen (right) and then both enter car
GV PAN Army truck escorts motorcade away
MV Soldiers patrolling Rawson City (2 shots)
MV President Videla leaves Provincial Governor's office an walks to Governor's residence
MV INT President Videla greets press directors at Comodoro Rivadavia City
CU President Videla makes speech in Spanish (2 shots)
MVs Soldiers patrolling in Comodoro Rivadavia City (6 shots)
Argentina is still suffering from acute inflation and high unemployment while the future political situation remains unclear. The military government has not announced any long term plans for calling elections and handing power back to a civilian government.
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Background: The Argentine President, General Jorge Videla, has been touring the Patagonian region of southern Argentina. Amid heavy security, the President arrived in Rawson City, capital of Chubut Province, on Tuesday (13 July).
SYNOPSIS: It was the President's first tour outside Buenos Aires, since the armed forces seized power last March. Patagonia is a region where the government is investing heavily in an economic development programme. President Videla has made stabilisation of the economy one of his first priorities.
He's also warned that he'll deal firmly with people who try economic sabotage, subversion and political violence. However, although the armed forces have launched a new offensive against the guerrillas, political violence is still rampant.
Since President Videla took office four months ago, almost 500 people have died in politically motivated violence. But the government says it has scored some major successes in its campaign against left wing guerrillas.
During the tour, President Videla met local newspaper executives. Later in a speech at Comodoro Rivadavia, the President said he intended to root out subversion in all areas -- ranging from the press to trade unions. He spoke of anti-national and divisive actions against the government and the people. President Videla and his military government have been condemned by Western European Social Democratic leaders for failing to hold free elections as soon as possible.
In turn, President Videla has claimed Argentina is the target of an international campaign of defamation. He said that the armed forces only reluctantly seized power when they overthrew the government of President Maria Estela Peron in March.