Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 118
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June 30, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 118

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CONTINUED Peron's nurse...! am at a loss of words to express my admiration and love for Peron." She refuses to give interviews, stays close to Lopez Rega who remains her personal "bodyguard and lives in the same villa with the Presidential couple. lope2 Rega is hated "by most Peronists, who hold him responsible for many of their country's evils. Several months ago 60,000 of them marched on the Presidential villa, shouting "Lopsz, you are a son of a "bitch." Others carried signs which read, "If good Evita were alive today , she would murder, you -" As Minister of Welfare - Lopez controls the youth syndicate which under hi! command provides combat troops to war against the Peronista leftists. Peron regards Lopez as · one of his most dedicated and fanatic supporters, not only uses, him as an informant and chief of staff, Taut as a key man in ridding his party of dissenters. JOSE IOWZ KM (LEFT), KNOWN AS AMENTMA'S MSPOTW, CT^l^A^OITJUMCPITM^ Last year more 61 .___.. of the electorate voted him back info power, Juan Pergn, .-78, promised that /he wduld make Argentina a country of peace and pros- peri'ty 1 ', that the era of economic and "military dictatorship in his country had come to an end.. Now, eight months later, the .government of -Argentina is almost in complete disarray. Peronists of the left are shooting at Peronists of the right. According ; tb"union leader Augustin Tosco, "Argentina . is at the"beginning of a civil war." . In Cordoba, an industrial city that- usually. reflects the political · temperature of the country, the Peronists have fought bloody street- battles lasting two weeks, each accusing the other of communism, fascism, and every corruption in the book ' As for Peron, he_is a weary, sickly old man, a figurehead who can work only three hours a day. He relies on his wife, Isabel, Vice President of Argentina, to help him with his burdens. But un-. like his previous wife, -. "Saint Evita," who died of cancer in 1952, Isabel seems 'to lack the intelligence and ability. Spain via the "Happy tan*" On his way to Spanish exile in 1955, Peron first encountered Isabel Martinez, 35.years his junior, in Panama. Isabel, a blonde Argentinian- was then working as a dancer in'a bar named "Happy ...... Land." Peron married her, took her to Spain, then over the years sent her hack to Buenos Aires to 'settle disputes among his supporters. In 1965, Jose Lopez Rega, an amateur · astrologist, was assigned to her as a bodyguard. He asked Isabel for a favor. Could he come to Madrid at Ms own expense and talk to Peron? Isabel arranged it. The result was that Peron gave Lopez Rega a job as superintendent of his house,keeping the rooms · and gardens in order. Today Jose Lopez Rega, ·52 r is called the Rasputin of the Presidential villa, acts as Peron's closest adviser, is also a-minister in his cabinet. He says "muy bien" (very well) to all of Peron's requests, always follows the master with a white handkerchief which he passes to him as soon as Peron begins .to perspire, which is frequently. No apeecfaei Isabel is, of course, friendly with Lopez Rega, but she makes it a point ~to avoid the masses. They unnerve her. Thus far she has failed to make one complete speech to the people. She mouths such inanities as "I am a sirn- pie soldier of Peron...I feel like the mother of all Peronists...I am Tenor r«toras Despite his pre-election promises, Peron has once again introduced trials and tortures of the type used during the worst periods of the military dictatorship. When a reporter, Ana Maria Guccetti asked him what he planned to do about.the "revenge crusades" of his radical rightists, he promptly called-her an anarchist. A few days later the offices, of her paper, El Mundo.were bombed, and subsequently the paper was prohibited from publishing. Fearful for her life, reporter,Guccetti. went underground, issued a declaration which says, "I have been a Peronist since i-was-17. I helped organize the Peronist resist- ance movement. I worked for his return. Today every thing is as it was before." In Argentina last year there .were approximately 500 kidnappings with hostages held for $50 million ransoms. This year kidnappings continue at the same pace, Peron or no Peron.

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