Argentine interim President, Italo Luder, found himself in the middle of a hostile demonstration after attending memorial services to commemorate the birth of General Juan Peron in Buenos Aires, on Wednesday (8 October).
GV EXTERIOR Cathedral
GV INTERIOR Interim President Italo Luder at service (3 shots)
GV President Luder and cabinet ministers leaving cathedral
GV Demonstrators chanting and singing as Presidential car moves off
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Background: Argentine interim President, Italo Luder, found himself in the middle of a hostile demonstration after attending memorial services to commemorate the birth of General Juan Peron in Buenos Aires, on Wednesday (8 October).
The demonstrators shouted slogans like "We want Isabel" and "Isabel is our leader no Luder". They were referring to Argentine President Maria Estela "Isabel" Peron, widow of the late General Peron, who has been on a "rest cure" since 14 September.
But the demonstration was the least of Senor Luder's problems. The situation in Argentina grows worse with each day.
In the latest move to "wipe out subversive elements" the Argentine armed forces have been given almost a free hand for a total war against left-wing guerrillas.
A special decree, signed by Senor Luder on Wednesday, also places all provincial police forces and prisons under the control of the new Defence Council -- meaning the military.
The military has thus gained the political support and the wider powers it has been seeking to enable it to confront the two guerilla movements -- the People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) and the Montoneros.
More tan 130 people have been detained by security forces since the new moves were authorised, but the violence which has claimed 90 lives since Sunday continues.
The demonstration against Senor Luder came the day after he and Interior Minister, Angelo Robledo, had visited the 44-year-old Senore Peron at her mountain hotel in the hills of central Cordoba.
It's widely believed that they asked President Peron to extend her holiday to give them more time to mount an effective campaign against terrorists.
However, senior Peronist Party leaders claim that Senora Peron will be back in Buenos Aires next week to resume her office.
Senor Jose Baez, senior vice-chairman of the ruling Justicialist Party, told reporters the widow President would return to attend a mass rally marking Peronist "Loyalty Day" on 17 October, and again take the reins of her office.