In Uruguay, supporters of member of Parliament Dr Enrique Erro staged a motorcade through the country's capital, Montevideo, on Saturday (5 May).
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SV Truckloads of supporters following motorcade (2 shots)
SCU Erro waving from car
SCU Supporter with flag
SV PAN Supporters applauding Erro as he alights from car (3 shots)
SV Supporters PAN TO Small children with fingers
SV Erro surrounded by supporters (4 shots)
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Background: In Uruguay, supporters of member of Parliament Dr Enrique Erro staged a motorcade through the country's capital, Montevideo, on Saturday (5 May).
They were demonstrating their support for him in the face of charges made by the army that he's a leader of the outlawed Tupamaros urban guerrillas.
Dr. Erro belongs to the "Frente Amplio" or Broad Front, one of the main opposition groups to President Bordaberry's government and he's told his party that he's innocent. In a television interview, he described the charges as false political persecution.
His case is expected to come before Uruguay's Senate this week and the chamber may be called upon to stipe him of the immunity he enjoys as a member of Parliament. Under this immunity, he cannot be arrested unless proof of guilt is first established.
A Senate Commission is already studying a request to strip him of this immunity. It asked the military for permission to interrogate alleged Tupamaros being held in detention but this was refused on a technicality.
Meanwhile, both the police and the army are keeping Dr. Erro under constant surveillance despite a request from the President of the Senate that this be stopped.
The guard on various embassies in Montevideo has also been strengthened without any official reason. Some of his supporters are suggesting that this was done to prevent Dr. Erro from seeking political asylum.
Since being given wide powers to crush the Tupamaros, the armed forces in Uruguay have been taking an increasing part in the country's political life. They claim they've uncovered evidence of links between a number of politicians, including Dr. Erro, and the Tupamaros.