ARGENTINA: Perils of Disrespect

With the practiced ease of old troupers, the Perónista majority in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies ran through the routine of ejecting another Radical member last week. For the fourth time in 18 months the pretext was the same: in a speech last month Deputy Atilio E. Cattáneo had been guilty of the "gross misconduct" of criticizing President Juan Domingo Perón.

Shorn of his parliamentary immunity, Cattáneo was immediately subject to arrest on the new criminal charge of "disrespect" to the President. Two former Radical deputies, Ernesto Sammartino and Agustín Rodríguez Araya, previously ejected from the Chamber, had set him an...

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