Argentina Fallout After a Military Mutiny

Alfonsin strives to placate officers and preserve democracy

When President Raul Alfonsin peacefully quelled an army rebellion two weeks ago and 200,000 civilian supporters thronged the streets of Buenos Aires, some citizens began to chant, "Raul, friend, the country is with you!" Last week a gathering of 200 angry sympathizers with the military rebels had a different message for the Argentine leader. Their cry: "Death to Alfonsin! Long live the armed forces!" The defiant slogans neatly defined the crisis that now confronts Argentina's still fragile 40-month-old democracy. At issue are government efforts to prosecute some 400 military officers for their role in kidnaping, torturing and murdering more than 9,000...

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