URUGUAY: New Argentine Custom

Little, democratic Uruguay is a first-class annoyance to big, totalitarian Argentina across the La Plata estuary. Uruguay's irrepressible press takes pot shots at Argentine authoritarians. Uruguayan radio stations fill the air with gay and subversive news of the democratic world.

In grumpy retaliation, Argentine customs authorities recently began to harass Uruguayans leaving Argentina. They took candy from children on the grounds that it contained material "necessary to Argentine economy," confiscated polo sticks of departing sportsmen. They even tried to take the official seal from a Paraguayan Minister. Last week they pulled the meanest trick yet: they seized the trophy which...

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