Hundreds of mourners and sympathisers attended the Buenos Aires funeral of an Argentine union leader's bodyguard on Thursday (15 February).
SV Crowd assembled outside Bianculli's home
SV Crowd gathered around coffin being carried in street
CV Jose Rucci with other coffin bearers (4 shots)
SV Mourners follow procession
SV Crowd gathered around as coffin placed in hearse
SV Jose Rucci and other mourners
GTV & CU Mourners carry coffin into cemetery (2 shots)
SV Jose Rucci addressing crowd and bodyguard's mother in grey coat crying
SV People listen
GTV Crowd around chapel
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Background: Hundreds of mourners and sympathisers attended the Buenos Aires funeral of an Argentine union leader's bodyguard on Thursday (15 February).
The bodyguard, Luis Osvaldo Bianculli, died in a hail of machine-gun bullets at a political meeting on Wednesday (14 Feb.) at Chivilcoy, 120 miles from Buenos Aires.
The funeral oration was given by Bianculli's employer, General Confederation of Labour Union leader Jose Rucci. Other union leaders claimed that the shooting was a deliberate attempt on the life of Rucci, a supporter of ex-President Peron, and one of the most powerful Trade Union leaders in Argentina.
Rucci escaped injury during the shooting when he and his fourteen-year-old son lay flat on the street.
Mr. Rucci--a frequent visitor to Peron's house in Madrid-has often had his life threatened and is usually accompanied by a bodyguard during public appearances.
With less than three weeks to go until the Presidential election on 11th March, at least five people have died in shooting incidents at Peronist meetings in recent months. A Peronist Unionist and his chauffeur were machine-gunned to death in Buenos Aires three weeks ago.