I N T R O D U C T I O N
The Day of the Rally
Complaining about T-Shirts on Perón’s Birthday
Perón’s Birthday
It is Thursday, October . In the city of Cóspito, located in the
nurbano Bonaerense, Argentina, some people of the Peronist Party,
by the mayor, Rodolfo Fontana, are organizing a rally for
tonight.1
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are commemorating the d anniversary of the birth of the leade
the Peronist movement, General Juan Perón, or, as one of the orga
ers told me: ‘‘We are celebrating Perón’s birthday.’’ For the last twe
two years, since the death of Perón, the Peronist Party of Cóspito
been organizing this sort of political ritual. However, tonight is a
cial night because the mayor, ‘‘Rolo,’’ considered the ‘‘last caudillo’
many Peronists in Cóspito, is under political attack: one of the most
portant television channels has accused one of Rolo’s closest friend
political associate, of corruption.This friend, an official in the city g
ernment, was caught on tape by a hidden camera discussing the may
participation in ‘‘the whole business.’’ The political opposition in C
pito is trying to take advantage of this sudden and unexpected tur
events.They will attempt to impeach the mayor at the next local cou
meeting.
At : .., I stop by the Unidad Básica () ‘‘Three Generatio
—the grassroots office of the Peronist Party—located on the borde
Villa Paraíso, in Cóspito. Although its name suggests the contrary,V
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