A there-member Amnesty International commission headed by Lord Avebury, a former British Liberal member of parliament, had completed a controversial ten day investigation into alleged infringements of human rights in Argentina.
SV Amnesty investigators Lord Avebury (left), Congressman Robert Drinan (centre) and Miss Patricia Feeney walk with Argentinean government representative to Hotel Presidente, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2 shots)
SVs Demonstrators carrying placards and throwing leaflets and fireworks walk past hotel (2 shots)
SV Demonstrator talks through loudhailer
CU AND MV Fireworks explode and demonstrators sing (2 shots)
CU Nuns disturbed by fireworks
More than 1,000 people have died in political violence in Argentina this year. The Government has not revealed how many people have been detained since the military coup, and it is widely alleged that torture is being used in the fight against the left-wing guerrillas.
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Background: A there-member Amnesty International commission headed by Lord Avebury, a former British Liberal member of parliament, had completed a controversial ten day investigation into alleged infringements of human rights in Argentina.
SYNOPSIS: Lord Avebury was accompanied by a United states Congressman, Father Robert drinan and Miss Patricia Feeney, an Amnesty International employee from Britain. Lord Avebury said he was pleased with the help the commission had been given by the Argentine authorities in their investigation of conditions for political prisoners.
But the commission's reception was not all been friendly. On Saturday (13 November), a group calling itself the National Patriotic Movement demonstrated outside the commission's hotel in Buenos Aires. The demonstrators distributed leaflets which said Amnesty International was the 'legal apparatus of international communism' and defended only communist mercenaries.
Many of the demonstrators were said to be relatives of army soldiers involved in the fight against left-wing guerrilla movements in Argentina. The demonstration took place despite a ban on all such gatherings since the military government came to power in Argentina in March this year.