The capital of Argentina Buenos Aires, appeared to be back to normal at the weekend following last Wednesday's coup against the government of President Maria Estela Peron.
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Background: The capital of Argentina Buenos Aires, appeared to be back to normal at the weekend following last Wednesday's coup against the government of President Maria Estela Peron. As the country's new military rulers started a purge of the civil service on Saturday (26 March), the banks were open again for business and newspapers were being sold on the streets free of censorship.
The military Junta continued to issue a stream of communiques outlining how they intended to run the country during the five day "clean up" period they had given themselves before naming a new President. They were not expected to announce a detailed programme - including an economic policy - until the new President was installed.
Ex-President, Senora Peron, who is 45, remained under house arrest at a winter holiday resort in the Andes foothills. Apart from guaranteeing her safety the military junta has given no indication of what they intend to do with her.
The new military rulers also ensured that people would return to normal work by banning strikes and industrial action. They also issued a warning against hoarding, and housewives doing their Saturday shopping reported that some items, such as sugar, flour and eggs, which were previously only available on the black market, were back on sale.
Reuters News Agency reported that it was estimated that nearly 4,000 people had been detained since the coup. Army officers had had lists of suspects already prepared when they began to take charge of ministers, provincial governorships and town halls. General Adolfo Sigwald, who has been put in charge of Buenos Aires province, has stressed that the military action was not aimed at any particular political party.
Many prisoners are being held aboard the ferry boat Ciudad De Buenos Aires, which is moored in the city's harbour. Prominent Peronists who are known to have been arrested include Senor Raul Listeria, the former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, and his wife Norma, who is the daughter of the disgraced former Social Welfare Minister, Jose Lope Rega. Senor Lopez Rega fled to Spain last July amid allegations that he had set up a right-wing death squad using ministry funds.
Last Thursday (25 March) the Junta exhibited a cache of arms found inside the Social Welfare Ministry building. It was made up of 15 modern light Browing machine guns, two heavy machine guns, about 50 pistols and revolvers, several double-barrelled shotguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
SYNOPSIS: Over the weekend, the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, returned to near normality following last Wednesday's cup which ousted the government of President Maria Estela Peron. Army Commander Jorge Videla was already being regarded as the next President, while banks, restaurants and cinemas were open again for business. Housewives doing their Saturday shopping found that many foods - once only available through the black market - were again on display.
This followed the military Junta's warning against hoarding. Since the coup the military leaders continued to issue a stream of communiques outlining how they intended to run the country during the five day "clean up" period they had given themselves before naming a new President. However, news agency reports suggested that an estimated 4,000 people had been arrested some of them detained in a ferry boat and a warship in Buenos Aires harbour.
Prominent Peronists known to have been arrested include Raul Lastiri, the former Speaker of the Chamber of Duputies, and his wife who is the daughter of the disgraced former Social Welfare Minister, Jose Lopez Rega. Shortly after the military takeover, the country's new rulers showed newsmen a cache of arms found in the Welfare Ministry.
Last July, Senor Lopez Rega fled to Spain amid allegations that he had set up a right-wing death squad to murder political opponents using ministry funds. The display of arms included machine guns, pistols, revolvers, double-barrelled shotguns, cannister grenades, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The death squad was responsible for the murder of scores of left-wingers before the coup.