Despite accusations of corruption within the government, the bombings of theatres and other public buildings and internal unrest in the country's prison system, the people of the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, celebrated the coming of New year with the traditional paper-throwing festival on Wednesday (31 December).
GV Waste paper being thrown from office buildings
MV Children picking up paper as people walk through ankle-deep paper cuttings
MV PULL BACK TO GV Office workers reel out ticker-tape from office windows
MV Slogan reading "Feliz 1976" hanging from window
GV Street scene with tons of cut-up paper falling from office windows
SV PULL BACK TO GV Army Headquarters building showing broken windows (3 shots)
GV Villa Devoto prison (3 shots)
MV ZOOM DOWN TO CU Esterllas Cinema showing broken glass caused by bomb (3 shots)
Street scene showing cars driving through waste paper
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Background: Despite accusations of corruption within the government, the bombings of theatres and other public buildings and internal unrest in the country's prison system, the people of the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, celebrated the coming of New year with the traditional paper-throwing festival on Wednesday (31 December).
The tradition demands that nearly all office workers cut up and throw out their office windows all leftover tickertape, cut-up phone books and waste paper.
The amount of paper that floats down from the office windows to lie feet deep in the streets of Buenos Aires amounts to hundreds of tons.
But despite the paper throwing and cries of "Happy New Year" that rang through the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina appears to be headed for anything but a "happy 1976".
The President, Senora Maria Eatela Peron, faces impeachment motions in the Argentine Parliament. Leading government officials and former ministers have been -- or are in the process of being -- charged with corruption; right wing guerrillas are increasing their bombing attacks not only on military targets but also on public buildings such as theatres; and the Argentine economy seems to be headed for a tough time during the next twelve months.
SYNOPSIS: New Year's Eve in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. And the traditional custom of office workers throwing every piece of waste paper out of their office windows is still going strong.
But despite the scenes of festivities, it appears anything but a "Happy 1976" for Argentina. The country's President, Senora Maria Estela Person, faces renewed impeachment motions in the Argentine Parliament. The attempts at impeachment follows charges laid against senior government ministers and officials involving allegations of widespread corruption. Righting guerrilla organisations have also warned that they will step up their bombing campaign ... and the government has reacted by introducing regulations under which terrorist suspects can be held in prison without trial for an indefinite period. Already the bombing campaign has extended from military targets such as the Army Headquarters Building, to public buildings such as theatres.