Sixty-seven people were arrested in Beunos Aires on Friday (1 December), as police broke up grounds of leftwing demonstrators trying to stage a "hunger march" to Government house.
GV & SV Demonstrators marching & chanting as they near Government House (2 shots)
GV & SV Police on motorcycles & in trucks approach demonstrators (2 shots)
LV Police rush in with tear gas guns & form ranks
GV & SV Demonstrators running as police faire tear gas (4 shots)
MV Police vehicle away
SV Police car, two truckloads of police past
GV & SV Police form ranks across street (3 shots)
SV Arrested demonstrators into police van
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Background: Sixty-seven people were arrested in Beunos Aires on Friday (1 December), as police broke up grounds of leftwing demonstrators trying to stage a "hunger march" to Government house.
Riot police used tear gas several times to scatter the demonstrators, who were moving through the city's commercial district near Government House. There were reports that the police had fired rubber bullets, and that plain clothes men had beaten up several people.
The "March Against Hunger and Repression" was organised by the Argentine National Rally (ENA), a coalition of small leftwing parties, with the support of the banned Communist Party.
Police had warned previously that the march would not be allowed. There is currently a ban on all street demonstrations in Buenos Aires. It has been strictly enforced recently because of the fear of large demonstrations accompanying the presence of former President Juan Peron, returned from 17-year exile.
But on Saturday night, 14 policemen were injured and about 30 demonstrators arrested when security forces clashed with youthful supporters of Peron in a suburb of Buenos Aires. Police said members of the Peronist Youth Movement defied the ban on street demonstrations to organise a march in memory of two urban guerrillas killed by security forces two years ago.