On my second try I managed to get footage of the arrest of mobilized bank strikers without having my film confiscated by the military. (I am sending along in this package the receipt the Marines gave me night before last, March 12, for the film they took away from me after they hadheld me for an hour.
ARE OF CLERKS, AND EVEN SOME MANAGERS, BEING MARCHED OUT OF THE POSTAL SAVINGS BANK INTO WAITING ARMY BUSSES, WHICH WILL TAKE THEM TO BARRACKS. THEY ARE SINGING THE ARGENTINE NATIONAL ANTHEM
SHOW FEMALE SLOW DOWN OR SITDOWN STRIKERS LEAVING THE PREMISES AND BEING TOLD TO GO AWAY. OF COURSE, NO WOMEN WERE CARTED AWAY TO BARRACKS.
SHOW THE CROWDS CHEERING THE "INTRANSIGENT" BANK CLERKS WHO HAVE BECOME THE HEROES OF THE HOUR. THE CROWDS, MADE UP LARGELY OF WOMEN BANK WORKERS, BUT WITH SOME MEMBERS OF THE STRIKERS FAMILIES IN, WERE HELD AT BAY BY THE POLICE.
WOMEN CHEER FRANTICALLY THE STRIKERS, OVER A THOUSAND OF WHOM WERE ARRESTED IN THIS BANK ALONE.
PAPER IS BEING THROWN OUT THE WINDOWS OF THE BANK BY STRIKERS BESIEGED IN THE BANK, WHO ARE WAITING TO BE CARTED AWAY ALSO
MAPLE OF SHOTS -- SHOW THE IMMENSE AMOUNT OF PAPER LITTERING THE SIDEWALKS AROUND THE BANK
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Background: On my second try I managed to get footage of the arrest of mobilized bank strikers without having my film confiscated by the military. (I am sending along in this package the receipt the Marines gave me night before last, March 12, for the film they took away from me after they hadheld me for an hour. We'll never see that film again.) The reason I did not have my film confiscated yesterday was because it was the army and not the marines who were making the arrests I shot yesterday. The Army is sometimes more tolerant in these matters.
The enclosed newspaper clipping sums up yesterday's events fairly well. The paragraphs I have marked with a pencil refer directly to the incidents at the Postal Savings Bank, which I shot. This bank faces Plaza Congress (CQ) (Congress Square) in the heart of Buenos Aires. One thing the newspaper clipping does not explain is the cause of the bank strike. Two months ago it started out a san attempt to get pay raises and increased pension benefits. Then five weeks ago, the police took over the headquarters of the Bankers' Association (which has 40,000 members) and henceforth the return of these headquarters became the issue. At this late date many of the strikers themselves do not know what they are striking for.
The scene of the incident son this reel was set at mid-night Sunday when the government, faced with a total collapse of banking activities throughout the country, mobilized the bank workers and threatened to cart recalcitrant strikers off to military barracks and give them ratings commensurate with their bank positions if (CQ) did not show up for work -- and work satisfactorily -- within 48 hours. Most of the bank employees did show up for work, but in many instances they worked at a snail's pace or simply refused to work, folded their arms and sang the national anthem. As of today, the situation is worse than ever. Whereas previously some of the banks remained will be closed as they have been four of the five working days this week.