ARGENTINA: The Generals Call A Clockwork Coup

A blare of trumpets cut off the soft music of an early-morning radio program, then a stern voice declared: "The country is under the operational control of the Junta of the Commanding Generals of the Armed Forces." With that, Argentines last week heard the news that most of them were expecting: after 20 faltering months, the regime of President Isabel Perón had been toppled. In its place was a junta composed of the army, navy and air force chiefs, led by General Jorge R. Videla, 50, the army commander. By midafternoon, the generals...

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