Argentina: The Siege of Cipolletti

The repressive military regime of Argentine Dictator Juan Carlos Ongania has fallen on tough times. Last May a police crackdown on students touched off bloody big-city riots. Three weeks ago, railway workers set whole trains afire in response to a mobilization order.

Other unions have threatened to tie up the whole economy. Yet nowhere has the brass been more badly tarnished than in Cipolletti, a fruit-packing town of 32,000, deep in the interior. There, the aroused residents used hoes, sticks and a sackful of cats to foil a long bureaucratic siege, a provincial governor and three puppet "mayors."

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