Rebel Argentine airmen stood firm against the government of President Maria Estela Peron and declared "there is no surrender" on Sunday (21 December).
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Background: Rebel Argentine airmen stood firm against the government of President Maria Estela Peron and declared "there is no surrender" on Sunday (21 December).
The airmen started "buzzing" government house in Buenos Aires on Friday (19 December) to step up their campaign to topple the Government. No aggression was attempted and the rebels said the flights were to remind the people that the airforce was in revolt.
On Sunday the rebels were still in control of at least two air bases, despite a Government claim during the night that the revolt had ended.
There were feverish overnight negotiations to end the four-day bloodless revolt, but reporters at the rebel-held Moron airbase, outside the capital, were told there was to be no talk of the rebels surrendering.
They said they had the support of at least six air force garrisons and their aim was to end the "causes and effects of corruption and Marxist subversion".
They seized their former commander, Brigadier-General Fautario and successfully demanded he be replaced. Brigadier Orlando Agosti was then named the new commander.
The rebels have called on the army and navy to join them and have suggested that the Army commander. General Jorge Videla, take over the presidency. But the latter request was refused by General Videla who said the revolt was not the correct way to solve the nations' problems.
Loyalist jets bombed the runway at the rebel-held Moron airbase on Saturday (20 December).
The first concerted effort to overthrow President Peron's husband, General Juan Peron, was conducted in an almost identical way twenty years ago.
In May, 1955, young military officers, mainly from the airforce, attempted to overthrow him, but they had not consolidated their support and the rebellion was quelled.
But in September of that year, Generals Leonardi and Aramburu and Admiral Rojas staged a successful full-scale revolution and General Peron was allowed to escape.
It was when he settled in Spain in 1960 that he married Senora Peron.
SYNOPSIS: The rebellion against the Government of President Maria Estela peron in Argentina continues with the rebel airforce officers announcing there would be no surrender. They began their action four days earlier and are determined to topple the Government.
On Friday, troops stood on the roof of the Casa Rosada, the Argentine Government Palace in Buenos Aires and watched planes manned by the rebel officers fly overhead.
No aggression was attempted and the rebels said the flights were only to remind people that the airforce was in revolt. And they said they had the support of at least six air garrisons They have called upon the Army and Navy to join the revolt. Meanwhile, Loyalist jets bombed the runway at the rebel-held Moron airbase, just outside the capital, on Saturday.
The rebel airmen's actions must bring back unpleasant memories for the Peronists supporters. In May 1955 the first serious attempt to overthrow Senra Peron's husband, the late President Juan Peron, involved young military officers, mainly from the airforce. The attempt failed but was followed only months later by a successful revolution which led to the banning of the Peronists for seventeen years.