In Argentina a wave of bombings has followed the announcement by the Montoneros faction of the Peronist party on Friday (6 September) that the group wa going underground to fight the Government of President Maria Estela Peron.
GV Street scene in Buenos Aires
GV & CU newspaper stand and newspaper headlines about Montoneros going underground (3 shots)
GV TILT UP building where Rector of Buenos Aires University lives
MV BV Balcony of his apartment
LV ZOOM into MV hole int wall from bomb blast
MV People looking on
SCU Son of Mr. Campora among people in street
GV TILT DOWN EXT School of medicine showing slogans painted on building (3 shots)
GV EXT Students outside the Economic Science University with banner (2 shots)
GV PAN from banners to students demonstrating
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Background: In Argentina a wave of bombings has followed the announcement by the Montoneros faction of the Peronist party on Friday (6 September) that the group wa going underground to fight the Government of President Maria Estela Peron.
At a clandestine news conference in Buenos Aires, the Montoneros leader, Mario Firmenich, said the Government had ceased to represent the people. The Montoneros' weekly magazine La Causa Peronista was banned by the Government earlier in the week, but Mr. Firmenich said the decision to go underground had been taken before the ban.
Leaders of other supporting factions flanked Mr. Firmenich as he made his announcement. One of these, the Peronist Youth (JP) leader said it was closing down all its offices. They have been attacked frequently by opponents since squabbles between rival factions of the Peronist movement turned violent after General Juan Peron's return to Argentina last June.
When General Peron took over the Presidency he was barely able to hold together the antagonistic factions, united only by loyalty to him while he was in exile. After his death in July, the last vestiges of unity faded. The Government of his widow who took over as President, now faces an erruption of violence among its supporters which could shatter the whole Peronist movement.
The first episode since the Montoneros made public their decision was a bomb attack on a sympathiser, the Rector of Buenos Aires University, Raul Laguzzi. the Rector's baby son Pable was killed in the explosion on Saturday (7 September). Laguzzi and his wife were badly injured. Opposing Peronists were believed to have been responsible for the attack.
In Rosario, there were at least 12 explosions on Saturday night, and three Montoneros were killed when their car exploded.
In Buenos Aires, students have taken over the School of Economic Sciences. Students also staged a demonstration outside the Medical Faculty on Saturday in protest at damage to the University they claim was caused by the police.