World Armies by John Keegan (auth.)

By John Keegan (auth.)

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The level of political violence in the towns, however, remains high. The Montoneros, who now seem more active than the ERP, began to concentrate on attacks on police stations in 1976. In June they killed the general commanding the police with a bomb planted at his house (two senior police chiefs have also been assassinated, in 1974 and 1975). In July the Montoneros blew up 26 Argentina Police Headquarters in Buenos Aires, killing 18people; in September a police bus in Rosario, killing ten; and in November the La Plata police headquarters, besides attacking a Buenos Aires police station in the same month.

There is also to be a barrack police force, a Workers' Militia (ODP), and a security service (DISA). President A. Neto is Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces. I. Correira. M. Paira. ROLE, COMMITMENT, DEPLOYMENT AND RECENT OPERATIONS FAPLA units participated in the final stages of the civil war, in general operating in the northern zone. Angola now claims to see a three-prong military threat. The first of these, and rated potentially the most serious, is the UNIT A activity in the south-east, with its threat to the Benguela railway, which was cut or interfered with incessantly in 1977.

There followed 10years ofPeronismo, rule by President Peron in the spirit of what he calledjusticialismo. The doctrine was not, as he claimed, an original one: its slogans were 'political sovereignty, economic independence, social justice'. But, in a country dominated economically by foreign investors and circumscribed diplomatically by the United States, and where many of the workers of town and country remained desperately poor among abundant natural riches, it had appeal, and all the more because Peron strove to give it substance.

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