A wave of bomb blasts struck Argentina on Tuesday (17 October) as Peronist supporters gathered for a day of demonstrations in support of the former President, Juan Peron.
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SV Entrance to hotel with name "Buenos Aires Sheraton Hotel"
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SV Workmen searching wreckage
SV Wreckage in bedroom and bloodstained towels (2 shots)
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SV PAN Overturned furniture and shattered windows in bedroom
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Background: A wave of bomb blasts struck Argentina on Tuesday (17 October) as Peronist supporters gathered for a day of demonstrations in support of the former President, Juan Peron.
One bomb exploded overnight on the 22nd floor of the Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires, killing a Canadian woman and seriously injuring two other people.
The hotel, owned by the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (ITT), had 450 guests, including some of the world's top amateur golfers who were in Buenos Aires for the world amateur championships. None was hurt.
Other bombs damaged railway lines in Rosario, Argentina's second largest city, and other installations across the country.
Unofficial reports said leaflets found near the bombed hotel claimed the explosion was in honour of the 17th of October.
On that day in 1945, thousands of workers successfully demanded the release from prison of Juan Person, who became President soon afterwards.
This week, Peronist supporters planned meetings and marches to celebrate the anniversary and to show their support for the possible return of Person from exile in Spain.
SYNOPSIS: The Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires was shaken by a bomb on Tuesday, which killed a Canadian woman and seriously injured two other guests.
The bombing came as Peronist supporters began a day of meetings and marches, calling for the return from exile of former President Juan Person.
Bomb attacks also damaged railway lines in the city of Rosario and blew up other installations throughout Argentina. The bombs were set off in spite of tight security measures to prevent disorders.
The hotel bomb deranged rooms on the twenty-second floor, hurling furniture aside and blowing guests' luggage into the street.
Top international amateur golfers staying in the hotel were not hurt. Leaflets reported found near the hotel claimed the explosion was in honour of October the seventeenth. On that day in 1945, Juan Person was released from prison on the demand of thousands of workers. He became President of Argentina shortly afterwards.