Armed left-wing militants and trades unionists began sporadic resistance on Friday (1 March) to rebel police who had seized the Argentine city of Corboda two days earlier.
MV Armed police question men in square
MV Police on streets checking identity cards (3 shots)
GV Armed policeman patrols street
GV & MV Police HQ
MV Interior Police chief speaks to Newsmen
CU Captured weapons from villa (3 shots)
GV Rebel villa
CU Gunfire damage to villa (2 shots)
GV Exterior villa
"Shooting broke out in this Argentine industrial city tonight in the second consecutive night of clashes between police and left wing supporters of ousted Governor Ricardo Obregon Cano.
Police sources said one of their men was killed and arms and ammunition stolen when left wing extremists attacked a police station on the outskirts of the city.
In the city centre there was shooting around police headquarters and Government House and in a student residential area"
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Background: Armed left-wing militants and trades unionists began sporadic resistance on Friday (1 March) to rebel police who had seized the Argentine city of Corboda two days earlier.
Car-loads of gunmen were reported to have attacked police posts in the city on Thursday and Friday and snipers were also reported to have opened fire on police patrols.
Police claimed they had restored calm in the city following night gun-battles between left-wingers and the police and their right-wing supporters. At least four people were killed.
Ten thousand armed police seized control of the industrial city with a population of 800,000 on Wednesday, claiming the recently elected governor, Senor Ricardo Obregon Cano had allowed "Marxist" elements to infiltrate his government.
He was replaced by an "orthodox" supporter of President Juan Peron, Senor Mario Agodino.
Reports said the former governor had fled to nearby hills after being released from jail by a magistrate. The whereabouts of union leader Senor Augustin Tosco, said to be a key figure in the resistance, was unknown.
SYNOPSIS: Armed police patrol the streets of Corboda, Argentina, on Friday after they seized control of the city in a right-wing cop two days earlier. Strict controls were imposed on the civilian population of eight hundred thousand and wary policemen, sub-machine guns in their hands, checked the identity of everyone, including young women.
The coup, led by police chief Senor Antonio Domingo Navarro, followed police claims that the city's new Governor, Senor Ricardo Cano, sworn in only a month ago, was hoarding arms for distribution to Marxists. The police also claimed his government had been infiltrated by left-wing elements.
At a press conference the police chief claimed these arms, including sub-machine guns, had been seized from Senor Cano's supporters. Earlier, despite police claims that calm had been restored in the city, thee had been widespread clashes between heavily-armed police and left-wing militants. In one incident Marxists machine-gunned a police patrol car from an ambush, killing two policemen and a woman.
In other clashes around suburban villas police and left-wingers fired hundreds of rounds at each other but there were no claims of casualities from either side. In the inner city car-loads of armed unionists attacked police posts. A sniper died from police fire.