Today in Latin American History
Civil Unrest in Argentina, Known as Rosariazo, Broke Out in 1969
Photo: Rosariazo protests
Today in Latin American history, civil unrest in Argentina, known as Rosariazo, following the death of a 15 year-old student broke out in 1969.
University student groups and secondary school students, along with the CGT, organized a silent march, which gathered 4,000 people in Rosario, Argentina.
The police sent to suffocate the protest had to retreat, but killed the 15-year-old student Luis Blanco, the first Rosariazo.
From that evening the city was declared an emergency zone under military jurisdiction. A massive worker strike was declared on 23 May in Rosario and the nearby Industrial Corridor. Blanco’s funeral was attended by more than 7,000 people.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former Uruguayan President José Batlle y Ordóñez who was in office 1903-07 was born in 1856
- Today in LatAm history, two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique battled two Peruvian vessels in 1879
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican President Porfirio Díaz and Francisco Madero signed the Treaty of Ciudad Juárez in 1911
- Today in LatAm history, revolutionary leader and President of Mexico Venustiano Carranza who was in office 1914-20 died in 1920
- Today in LatAm history, British amphibious assault against Argentina lead to the Battle of San Carlos in 1982