The Hemisphere: Revolt in the Dark

Civil war broke out while most Argentines were asleep in their beds. In the early morning darkness, generals considered loyal to President Juan Perón were summoned posthaste to the Army Ministry in Buenos Aires for an urgent conference. Police squads swooped down on a band of armed civilians trying to break into a naval armory at the Buenos Aires waterfront. At half a dozen places outside the nation's capital, a rebellion by army, navy, marine and air-force units was already under way.

It was three months to the day after the navy-led uprising of...

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