[Marxism] The disappearing Peronist legacy

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Dec 26 12:50:18 MST 2006

Carlos P.:

>Once in power, Peron ordered the  dissolution of the
>Labor Party.  When Cipriano Reyes and others refused, they
>were incarcerated, tortured and remained in jail a number
>of years.

Well, Time Magazine claims that he was part of an 
assassination plot. I wouldn't take Time Magazine 
at face value normally, but it would seem to me 
that if anything, they would be anxious to depict 
Reyes as an innocent victim of a frameup.

 From the Magazine | Latin America
Inside Job

Posted Monday, Nov. 1, 1948

Sitting in Buenos Aires' Villa de Voto jail, 
Labor Leader Cipriano Reyes (rhymes with Asia's) 
might have been excused for wondering just what 
had hit him. Most publicized catch in the 
abortive assassination plot against President 
Perón (TIME, Oct. 4), he was scheduled for trial 
next month with eleven other defendants. 
Meanwhile he was held in solitary; only his wife 
and daughter could visit his cell.

Before he became an able and aggressive labor 
leader, Cipriano Reyes was a circus tight-rope 
walker, packinghouse worker and longshoreman. An 
early Peronista, he helped the president to 
power, later he broke with Perón. Through his 
leadership of the small but active Laborista 
party he turned to fighting Peronista control of 
labor. From Buenos Aires last week leaked an 
account of how a man with such savvy and 
background could be sucked into a futile 
conspiracy: Perón's police had mousetrapped him.

About two months ago, according to anti-Perón 
sources in Buenos Aires, Air Force Lieutenants 
"Puig" and "Pereyra" sought out Reyes and a 
Laborista colleague, Dr. Walter Beveragge 
Alfende. (Puig was really Police Lieut. Walter 
Pereyra; Pereyra was Detective Inspector Salomon 
Wasserman.) The officers had spun a yarn of a 
highly organized air force plot to do away with 
Perón. Laborista political backing was solicited. 
To overcome Reyes' natural skepticism, 
conspiratorial meetings were held in the Avenida 
Quintana headquarters of the Civil Aviation 
General Administration; Air Force General 
Gregorio Velez, boss of civil aviation, gave a 
masterly performance as leader of the plot. Laboristas took the bait.

October 12 was set as the day of the coup, and 
General Velez ordered a final meeting at 
headquarters for the night of Sept. 23. That 
afternoon Reyes got a tipoff, frantically called 
an emergency meeting at home to warn his 
associates. But there was a double double-cross 
and the police sprang the trap then & there. The 
name of John Griffiths, onetime U.S. embassy 
worker, was tossed in to give the conspiracy some 
foreign color. He had once been friendly with Reyes.

When the dust settled, Perón was solider than 
ever; the troublesome Laboristas were shattered, their top men in jail.

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