About 7,000 people protested outside Buenos Aires' Presidential Palace on June 15 following the collapse of the Argentine war effort over the Falklands.
SV Argentine demonstrators chanting and waving banners at night (4 shots)
GV Demonstrators throwing stones and other objects at police
GV Injured man helped away by friends
SVs Security force fires tear gas at demonstrators (3 shots)
GVs People running. Man being arrested. (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Galtieri speaking (Spanish SOT)
GV People outside Presidential Palace - daytime, demonstrating, chanting (3 shots)
SV Demonstrators hassle a news camera crew (2 shots)
SV Police watch and then rush demonstrators and make arrests (4 shots)
GV Police watch large demonstration
GV Night scenes: Security van firing at demonstrators: Visnews cameraman Maurico Ortiz is hit but keeps on taping
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Background: About 7,000 people protested outside Buenos Aires' Presidential Palace on June 15 following the collapse of the Argentine war effort over the Falklands. They chanted "Sons of Bitches" and "The Military Dictatorship is going to end". Reports from the city said dozens of people were injured and hundreds arrested after running battles with baton-wielding police. It was said to be the worst street disturbances since the military coup d'etat in 1976. The violence began shortly after President Leopoldo Galtieri was due to deliver a speech from the palace. The President decided not to appear, but later he said on television that the battle for the Falkland capital was over. He praised Argentine soldiers who fought "bravely for the dignity of the nation". But he did not mention the word "surrender" and he vowed that Argentina would never give up the struggle for sovereignty. He reiterated a pledge to restore democracy. Britain wants a lasting peace with Argentina, but the Argentines are demanding negotiations on sovereignty as a precondition for a lasting peace. Earlier, three newsmen belonging to the American Broadcasting Company were roughed up by demonstrators. Many Argentines are angry at United States support for Britain. Two Visnews staff were also injured, cameraman Maurico Ortiz and soundman Willy Sanchez were hit by several plastic bullets fired by police. They were not seriously hurt and are recovering.