After a last round of talks with Argentinean leaders at Bariloche, Feb 28, President Eisenhower went on to Santiago de Chile, Feb 29, and Montevideo, Uruguay, Mar 2, on the last stage of his two-week South American tour.
SEQUENCE LIST: Ike & Frondizi listen to speech by Dr Taboada - Presidents sign joint communique - Ike leaves helicopter at Bariloche airport, reviews guard of honour - makes farewell speech before leaving
Ike arrives Los Cerrillos airport, is greeted by Alessandri and presented with decoration - The Presidents drive to Embassy, wave to crowd from Embassy terrace - Ike lays wreath at O'Higgins monument.
Ike arrives Carrasco airport, greeted by President Nardone who gives welcoming address.
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Background: After a last round of talks with Argentinean leaders at Bariloche, Feb 28, President Eisenhower went on to Santiago de Chile, Feb 29, and Montevideo, Uruguay, Mar 2, on the last stage of his two-week South American tour.
During his brief week-end rest in the mountain resort of Bariloche, South Argentina, Eisenhower found time to discuss "in general terms" with President Frondizi and Foreign Minister Dr Taboada the question of more American financial aid for the Argentine. A helicopter took him to Bariloche airport, Feb 29, where he boarded his plane bound for Chile's capital.
At Los Cerrillos airport, Santiago, the American President was greeted by Chile's President Alessandri. As the two leaders drove to the American Embassy, some of the thousands of cheering Chileans fell in behind the Presidential car and followed the procession on motor-scooters and bicycles. The friendly welcome was somewhat marred by left-wing demonstrators, who used a huge picture of Cuba's Dr Castro and anti-American banners to show their political leanings. Prompt police action forced the demonstrators to remove the picture and slogans.
In a speech before the Chilean Legislature, Eisenhower repeated that the United States would stand by its treaty obligations "should any American republic be a victim of aggression". Later he laid a wreath at the monument of Bernardo O'Higgins, who led Chile to independence in the early 19th century.
Leaving his plane at Carrasco airport, Montevideo, Mar 2, President Eisenhower embraced newly elected Uruguayan President Benito Nardone. Although thousands of people turned out to welcome the American visitor, he received the most hostile reception of his tour. Students carried posters with "Get out Ike" slogans, and fights broke out among the crowd. At one point, police had to use tear gas to quell the demonstration and some of the gas blew back into Eisenhower's American Embassy, it was obvious that his eyes were still smarting. He was smiling all the same and seemed unruffled by the incident.
His South American tour over, the President left Uruguay, Mar 3, for Puerto Rico, where he will spend a few days before returning to Washington on Mar 6.