Huge crowds of mourners paid their last respects to Peru's former President, Juan Velasco Alvarado, at his funeral in the capital, Lima, on Monday (26 December).
SV: Coffin containing body of former President of Peru Juan Velasco Alvarado being carried from Cathedral in Lima, Peru.
GV PAN: Huge crowd in square as coffin is carried out followed by officers with cap and sword on cushion.
MCU: Mourners cheering and shouting.
MV: Troops pushing demonstrators from path of coffin. (TWO SHOTS)
MCU: Mourners with flowers PAN TO soldier on horseback.
MV: Coffin being carried through throng of people.
MV PAN: Soldiers controlling crowd as coffin is carried through street.
MV: Coffin being carried in to ceremony with widow Mrs. Velasco following. (TWO SHOTS)
MV: Coffin being laid to rest.
MV: Crowd looking through bars of cemetery PAN TO GV people thronging round graveside.
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Background: Huge crowds of mourners paid their last respects to Peru's former President, Juan Velasco Alvarado, at his funeral in the capital, Lima, on Monday (26 December).
SYNOPSIS: General Velasco was carried out of the city's cathedral where he had lain in state on Christmas Day. He died the day previously, aged 67, after having spent two weeks in hospital with stomach trouble. He took power in 1968 and was himself ousted in 1975 by the current President, General Francisco Morales Bermudez.
During the seven years he was president General Velasco adopted a left-wing nationalist course, and was much loved by the poor for his efforts to better their conditions. Thousands of shanty town dwellers gathered in the cathedral square, cheering and shouting as General Velasco's coffin was taken for burial. Troops had to clear a path for the funeral procession through the crowds.
People from the crowd who attempted to reach the coffin were restrained by troops. Earlier there had been scattered incidents as Velasco supporters tried to demonstrate against Peru's present government. While the General was lying in state a national day of mourning had been declared.
The funeral procession was headed by members of the military junta - but President Morales did not attend. The former President's widow, Madame Consuelo Gonzalez De Velasco followed her husbands coffin. The son of a small shopkeeper, General Velasco rose to power through the army ranks. On Monday he was laid to rest as a popular hero.