INTRODUCTION: Argentina's former President, Isabel Peron, arrived in Spain on Friday (10 July) after being released from detention.
SAN VINCENTE, NEAR BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
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GV Armed police on guard outside Isabel Peron's residence at St. Vincente. 0.07
CU PAN Crowd of middle aged supporters singing Peron songs. 0.19
CU Photograph of husband Juan Peron on horse. 0.22
GV PAN OVER Crowd in rain singing. 0.33
SV Police standing by. 0.38
SV Police cars driving through crowd clearing road and taking up positions outside Peron home. 0.53
CU Woman being arrested, started arguing with police. 1.11
CU Crowd chanting "Isabel, Isabel" thinking she is in car. 1.26
SV Helicopter flying overhead allegedly carrying her to airport. 1.35
SV Crowd outside airport building waving flags and chanting. (MUTE) 1.46
SV INTERIOR Peron walking into airport lounge, stops and waves to supporters and press. 2.06
CU Crowd waving. 2.12
CU Isabel Peron waves and walks through lounge. 2.16
Background: INTRODUCTION: Argentina's former President, Isabel Peron, arrived in Spain on Friday (10 July) after being released from detention. The wife of former dictator Juan Peron, who led the country after his death, has been granted a three-month period of leave by the Argentine government. Peron spent fiver years in detention after a bloodless coup ousted her from power in 1976. But she still has many supporters in the South American country and they have been celebrating her release.
SYNOPSIS: Armed police were put on duty outside Mrs. Peron's home in San Vincente near Buenos Aires following the decision last Monday to release her. They were joined by Peron supporters, most of them middle-aged. Some carried symbols of their allegiance to the former actress who rose to the heights of power. They waited outside in spite of the rain.
Peron had been held under prolonged house arrest on charges of fraud and mishandling public funds. Her detention was regarded by government critics as an attempt to undermine the country's Peronist political movement, as they strove to restore civilian rule in Argentina.
The demonstrations of support were noisy but peaceful. One woman, however, objected to police, armed and out in force.
Then came the moment when Peron's supporters thought she was being moved from the house by car, and on to the country's main airport.
But the authorities decided to use a different method to ensure her safe departure.
Outside the airport in Buenos Aires large crowds were waiting. Camera crews among them had their microphones taken away by the military. Peron meanwhile, was taken into the airport building unseen by the crowds. Cameramen inside the departure lounge were only allowed to film briefly as Peron appeared. She was accompanied by relatives, colleagues and a number of body guards. Supporters continued to wait outside hoping for a glimpse of their former leader as she was taken to a plane bound for her Madrid villa. Her release is expected to ease mounting political tensions in Argentina.