ARGENTINA: Coming-Out Party

The Argentine government let 104 university students out of jail last week, completing the release of some 250 students locked up last year for taking part in political demonstrations. Before leaving, the 74 students freed in Buenos Aires had to listen to a finger-wagging lecture by the federal police chief, who assured them that they would not have criminal records. That was understandable: they had never been tried, or even formally charged, but merely held at the disposal of President Juan Perón.

Like many another Latin American strongman, Perón has found his university students...

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