President Jorge Videla of Argentina continued his provincial tour last week with visits to Catamarca, La Rioja and Aimogasta.
GV Catamarca Airport.
SV Videla down aircraft steps and greeted by provincial governor, Colonel Jorge Carlucci.
SV Guard of Honour.
SV Videla inspects guard of honour.
SCU Crowd. (2 shots)
TV Videla walking through Catamarca street.
GV AND CU Crowd outside La Rioja City Hall.
SV PAN Videla entering La Rioja City Hall.
SV Videla leaving City Hall
GV Street in Aimogasta.
SV PAN Videla entering olive processing plant.
CU Videla tasting liquid from bottle.
SV AND CU Videla touring factory while women sort and grade olives. (6 shots)
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Background: President Jorge Videla of Argentina continued his provincial tour last week with visits to Catamarca, La Rioja and Aimogasta.
SYNOPSIS: The President flew into Catamarca city - capital of the province of the same name - after visiting Santiago del Estero. He was greeted at the airport by the provincial governor, retired Colonel Jorge Carlucci.
After the customary formality of inspecting a guard of honour, President Videla toured Catamarca city, meeting the people and getting a first hand view of their living conditions. Later he said that the military fight against subversion was only one aspect of Argentina's problems. He added that his government's "action plan" was to extend the "struggle for peace" into political, social, cultural and psychological fields.
From Catamarca President Videla moved on to the neighbouring province of La Rioja, where a crowd was waiting to greet him outside La Rioja City Hall. President Videla's tour is taking place in an atmosphere of tension, despite the fact that recently the authorities have had some success in combatting guerrilla activity. With inflation running at 229 percent and with undercurrents of civil war in the major cities, Argentina is going through turbulent times.
The President also visited the town of Aimogasta, centre of the olive-producing area of Argentina. The region is famous for growing the largest olives in the world and local factories process them on the spot. President Videla made a point of touring one of these plants and also of sampling a finished product.
During his tour President Videla showed keen interest in the techniques of olive sorting and grading--and was warmly received by the factory workers. From Aimogasta he returned to Buenos Aires -- ending his third provincial tour since taking office in March. His next trip will be to the southern provinces of Neuquen, Rio Negro and Lapampa.