In Argentina, memories of Eva Peron are still strong twenty-six years after her death. Evita,?
SV Schoolchildren, carrying bouquets and banners, march to Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, followed by their parents (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Poster portrait of Eva Peron giving victory sign to marchers signing 'Peronist march'
SV Admirer laying wreath on top of marble mausoleum after climbing up ladder while rest of crowd watch (2 shots)
SV Giant wreath carried to tomb (2 shots)
GV Mausoleum with wreath laid on top, TILT DOWN TO admirers below (2 shots)
Peronist leaders in Buenos Aires have petitioned President Jorge Videla to release Maria Estela Peron. Senora Peron and other Peronist labour leaders were imprisoned after the armed forces seized power in March 1976. The government says the courts will decide the fate of Senora Peron, who faces several charges of misappropriating public funds during her two-year term in office.
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Background: In Argentina, memories of Eva Peron are still strong twenty-six years after her death. Evita, as she was known to Argentineans, was the influential wife of former president, Juan Peron. She died on the 26th of July, 1952, and on Wednesday -- the anniversary of her death -- a large crowd visited her mausoleum in Buenos Aires to pay homage.
SYNOPSIS: Schoolchildren carrying banners and flowers made their way to Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Peron's body lies embalmed in a crystal coffin. Evita is still revered by Argentina's working class. Many of her admirers chanted slogans and sang the traditional 'Peronist March', and some shouted for the release of Juan Peron's third wife, and former president, Maria Estela Peron.
Admirers laid wreaths on the marble mausoleum of the former film actress, who obtained the Peronist Party nomination for vice president in 1951 -- although she knew she was dying in cancer.
After her husband, Juan Peron, was ousted in a military coup in 1955, Eva's body disappeared from the tomb. Its whereabouts was a mystery until 1971, when it was handed back to Juan Peron in Madrid. The body was later returned to its resting place in Buenos Aires.