Tanks and troops smashed their way into the police headquarters in the provincial capital of La Plata, Argentina Wednesday (21 March) night to end a rebellion by an estimated 5,000 policemen who had occupied the building and set up machine guns on the building's roof.
GV Students in street (2 shots)
SV Students talk to newsmen
SV Armoured carrier past
SV Students run shouting slogans
SV Tank being transported
SV Troops on road-side
SV Steps leading to police dept destroyed by tanks
SV PAN Blood along roadside
SV Bloodstains on pavement by poster
SV ZOOM OUT Bloody handprint on poster reading "Peron the Winner"
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Background: Tanks and troops smashed their way into the police headquarters in the provincial capital of La Plata, Argentina Wednesday (21 March) night to end a rebellion by an estimated 5,000 policemen who had occupied the building and set up machine guns on the building's roof.
Military authorities reported that one soldier was shot dead and an army captain wounded in the brief flurry of gunfire as the troops stormed into the building after two tanks smashed down the gates.
Eye-witnesses also report that several other people, police and civilians, were also hurt in the gunbattle.
After the troops retook the police headquarters, hundreds of policemen filed out with their hands open their heads, some singing the Argentina National Anthem. Soldiers confiscated their guns.
Police throughout Argentina's vast interior were demanding equal pay to the police in the capital, Buenos Aires, and confined themselves to barracks in a virtual strike. But, by Friday police were back on their beats after accepting improved pay offers from the government.
SYNOPSIS: People moved into the streets of La Plata, Wednesday night in support of a strike by police throughout the interior of Argentina for higher wages. In La Plata police occupied their headquarters building and set up machine guns on the roof.
Government troops moved into the area to break up the demonstration in support of the police, and stop the illegal strike by the local police.
The troops used heavy tanks to smash their way through the gates of the police headquarters. Military authorities reported that one soldier and an Army Captain were wounded in the gunbattle as the troops stormed into the building behind the crushing weight of the tanks.
Several civilians and police were reported injured as the troops retook the building. But the blood-splattered streets of La Plata have returned to calm. Two days after the recapture of the police headquarters here, police were back on their beats after accepting an improved pay offer.