Particular to The European Version
BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 19. — Firmly accountable for the Argentine authorities, Colonel Juan D. Peron acquired a tribute yesterday from nation partisans within the type of a twenty-four-hour strike, the worst in Argentine historical past, which paralyzed the conventional life of just about the whole nation.
All factories, places of work, banks, theaters, eating places, shops and different industrial institutions have been closed tight right here and in different Argentine cities yesterday and railways, buses and taxis have been at a standstill. The strike surpassed these of 1919 and 1936, which have been designed to advertise the reason for labor and have been opposed by the federal government. In distinction, this strike was political and was supported by the federal government and the police.
An antigovernment political strike was staged by the democratic opposition on September 19, however this endured just for half a day and was solely partially efficient.
Concern of Reprisals Cited
Probably the most unimaginable success of the newest nationwide strike was attributed in labor circles not solely to Colonel Peron’s energy however to the full paralysis of transportation, and to concern among the many inhabitants of violent response if anyone defied the order to help the strike.
The order was issued by the Common Federation of Labor. It instructed all employees to droop actions for 24 hours “to display the ideas of the working class relating to the distinctive second through which the nation resides.”
The order was supported by Colonel Peron, who spoke from the federal government constructing balcony at midnight Wednesday and suggested the employees to help the strike by celebrating the “glory” of their reunion at a mass demonstration.
Shut in Self-Protection
Most retailers closed their outlets in self-defense, conscious of what occurred Wednesday to those that failed to take action in La Plata and suburbs of the capital. In these areas, armed bands of “Peronistas,” supported by the police, stoned and threatened institutions which refused to affix their strike. The federal government newspaper “Critica” spurred an assault made with gunfire and flaming torches. The assault started at 1:20 a.m. and lasted nearly two hours.
Violence additionally occurred yesterday on the municipal fruit and vegetable market, the place Peron supporters attacked those that wished to proceed working. Six have been reported killed and forty injured. Peron males paraded by means of the abandoned streets in teams of a number of hundred, shouting the identify of their chief. They introduced that Colonel Peron could be President, and so they painted his identify on sidewalks, streets, buildings and store home windows.
Colonel Peron departed yesterday for a trip within the territory of Chubut, in southern Argentina, earlier than opening his marketing campaign. He left the federal government within the palms of President Edelmiro Farrell, whom he publicly embraced twice at an illustration Wednesday night time.
— The New York Herald Tribune, European Version, October 20, 1945.