Argentine police break up military veterans protest

BUENOS AIRES:Argentine police fired tear gas and used water cannon on Tuesday to break up a protest by veterans who were mobilized during the Falklands War in 1982 but were not deployed to the islands.

Security forces acted when the former soldiers, wearing military uniforms and carrying sticks and shields, charged into a line of riot police in the capital Buenos Aires.

“We want to be paid, to be recognized,” one of the protesters said.

The veterans are part of a group that was mobilized during the war with Britain from April 2 to June 14, 1982, but were not deployed to the Falklands, sent instead to Patagonia. They claim they receive no pension despite their service during the war.

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