More than 30 years after his death, violence has marred a ceremony to bury former President Juan Peron for the third time since 1974. Dozens of union activists hurled rocks at each other and at least one man fired shots, apparently over access to the lavish ceremony at the Buenos Aires suburb of San Vicente.
The violence began even as the slow-moving caravan made its way to the new 800,000 euro mausoleum in Perons former weekend retreat. Police beat back club-wielding attackers with tear gas and rubber bullets during the rioting. Emotional supporters waived photos of Peron and his famous wife Evita as his remains were removed from his former humble crypt in Buenos Aires. And throngs of people fought to touch the coffin of the man who radically reshaped Argentina and is considered a working class hero.
Peron’s coffin eventually arrived under heavy security and his body was reburied but hundreds of people left the grounds before the ceremony began. Media reports say more than 40 people were injured in the rioting. The burial was to cap a day of ceremonies infused with political symbolism ahead of next year’s presidential elections.