In Buenos Aires, police stopped a funeral procession of two murdered leftwingers, seized the two coffins, and then used tear gas to disperse the funeral procession on September 29.
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Background: In Buenos Aires, police stopped a funeral procession of two murdered leftwingers, seized the two coffins, and then used tear gas to disperse the funeral procession on September 29.
The procession accompanying the bodies of left-wing lawyer Silvio Frondizi, aged 67 and brother of former president Arturo Frondizi, and his son-in-law Luis Mendiburu, was on its way to Chacarita cemetery When police blocked the road and began firing tear gas into the crowd. They then seized the two hearses and drove them rapidly to the cemetery where the bodies were placed in a temporary alcove.
Dr. Frondizi was killed on Friday, September 27, by a gang who kidnapped him from his home and then later dumped his bullet-ridden body in woods near Ezeiza International Airport. Senor Mendiburu, an engineer and a member of the left-wing Peronist University Youth Movement (JUP), was killed as he tried to stop the Kidnapping.
Responsibility for the killings was claimed by an extreme right-wing "death squad" calling itself the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance (AAA) which had already claimed to have killed fifteen people in just over two weeks and which has warned other prominent people to leave the country or be killed.
The group accused Dr. Frondizi of being the "Ideological Mentor" of the outlawed Peoples Revolutionary party (ERP) Marxist guerrilla group.
So far clashes between left and right wingers have claimed 95 deaths in the three months since the death of President Juan Peron.
After the funeral procession had been disrupted, former Buenos Aires University Rector Risieri Frondizi said he had asked a police officer what the trouble was, only to have him order his men to open fire with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Senor Frondizi added that he did not know when his brother would now be buried.
Some witnesses at the funeral said the police may have been angered by chants of "murderers" and the flaunting of banners of the ERP and Montoneros Guerrilla movements which recently went underground after being outlawed. They said they would wage armed struggle against the government of President Maria Estela Peron.