World Notes: Nov. 4, 1985

ARGENTINA A Case of the Jitters

The action was extraordinary, but so, according to Raúl Alfonsín, was the provocation. The Argentine President abruptly declared a nationwide state of siege last week, suspending for 60 days all constitutional guarantees against arbitrary arrest. As he outlined the draconian measure, Interior Minister Antonio Tróccoli stressed the "worsening and persistence" of violence in the country, a reference to a spate of minor bombings that began more than a month ago. Tróccoli knew whereof he spoke: a day before, a bomb had exploded outside his weekend home, injuring no one.

Alfonsín later said that the suspension...

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