More than fifteen thousand people turned out in the Plaza Italia in La Plata on October 7, for an election rally.
SV Crowds holding banners and playing drums.
SV Demonstrator burning US flag and trampling flag on ground. (4 shots)
SV Lorenzo Miguel, vice-president of Peronist party speaking. (SOT)
GVs Crowd chanting. (2 shots)
GV Itala Luder, presidential candidate speaking. (SOT)
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Background: More than fifteen thousand people turned out in the Plaza Italia in La Plata on October 7, for an election rally. Argentina is to hold general elections on October 30 to restore democracy after nearly eight years of military rule. The country is facing its gravest economic crisis ever, and there has been harsh internal criticism of the armed forces over their handling of last year's Falklands conflict. The Peronist party's presidential candidate, Itala Luder, called on the people to unite for a better country, but the crowds in La Plata were angry at what they say is the military's mis-management. Both Luder and Raul Alfonsin, leader the Radical Party, have said they will abolish the armed forces' present 'doctrine of national security' which brought the military to the forefront during anti-guerrilla operations in the 1970s. Lorenzo Miguel, the vice-president of the Peronist party has accumulated considerable internal power, but has been criticised by the Left both within and without the party. But he was warmly applauded by the crowds in the Plaza Italia. The Peronists say the diversity of groups within their party is a sign able to draw the disparate organisations together enough to form a stable government.