June 21, 1955

YIANNIOS SUPPORTS PERON (From a front-page article by N. Yiannios in Kathimerini): The most important international event of the past week was not the festivities and political meetings in San Francisco to mark the 10th anniversary of the United Nations, but the revolt in Argentina. This is not one of the usual South American conflicts between dictators, nor simply a military coup. (Ed note: The navy mutinied on June 16 against General Peron’s civilian regime.) It is and will be a harsh struggle between the forces of democracy and progress and those of Catholicism and reaction. (…) Herein lies the uniqueness of the events in Argentina, whereby a dictator, such as Salazar in Portugal, suddenly becomes a champion of democratic ideals. (…) On one side is world Catholicism. The Vatican announces it will resist the «persecutors» in Argentina because its «God-given freedoms and rights are not for sale.» Meanwhile the Argentinean press of all political hues has united against a «hated» enemy. The Peronists include the farmers, apart from major landholders who are aligned with the conservative party. The democratic and both socialist parties represent the industrial area of Buenos Aires where the reactionary movement broke out.

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