OPINION

May 2, 1953

PERON: London, 1 – According to reports from Buenos Aires, there were seven bomb explosions within the space of eight hours this morning. Six of the bombs had been placed in small public parks and did not cause any damage. The seventh exploded near Parliament while President Juan Peron was speaking and could be clearly heard from within the House. In his speech, Mr Peron asked Congress to investigate the activities of the American news agencies operating in Argentina – the Associated Press, United Press and the International News Service, as he said they were undermining the country’s reputation abroad. Mr Peron accused the imperialist forces and the opposition of wanting to overthrow Argentina’s just social system as well as for its efforts to unite South America. It is thought that Mr Peron’s speech will put an end to the smooth relations between Argentina and the USA that have existed over the past six months. ARRESTS: Yesterday 53 communists were arrested in front of the Kentrikon Theater in Athens as they were about to cause a riot in the aftermath of a meeting of nationalist workers to mark May Day, which was celebrated around the country rather quietly. The communists staged rallies in the districts of Aghioi Anargyroi, Nea Ionia and in Kavala, northern Greece, where they distributed pamphlets.