President Maria Estela Peron of Argentina addressed a mass rally from the balcony of the Presidential Palace in the Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday (17 October).
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SV President Peron speaks from balcony.
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SV President Peron waving.
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SV President waving and blowing kiss.
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Background: President Maria Estela Peron of Argentina addressed a mass rally from the balcony of the Presidential Palace in the Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday (17 October).
Tens of thousands of Peronist supporters streamed into the capital for the occasion, which marked the 29th anniversary of her late husband, General Juan Peron's first Presidency.
Argentineans have not celebrated 'Loyalty Day' for twenty years. Thursday's gathering was seen as an attempt to re-assert the lady President's popular support and leadership of the divided forces of Peronism after three months of political violence since her husbands death on 1 July this year.
During her speech President Peron announced that her Government will nationalism three foreign companies operating in Argentina. She was frequently interrupted by cheers and slogan-chanting from her supporters.
Before she spoke, a minute's silence was observed for General Peron and before she left the balcony, Maria Estela Peron blew kisses to the near-hysterical crowd.
SYNOPSIS: It is the first time for twenty years that Argentinians have publicly celebrated "Loyalty Day" and for some the crush of people and the emotional excitement was just too much.
General Peron rose to power in the nineteen-forties as a champion of the working people and was assisted by his first wife, Eva. He announced his intention of standing for the presidency on the seventeenth of October 1945. After two terms in office he was overthrown and exiled in 1955, but made a spectacular comeback last year after eighteen years abroad.