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Argentines Remember Eva Peron

July 27, 1999

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Thousands of Argentines paid tribute to former first lady Eva Peron on Monday, laying flowers at her tomb and gathering at ceremonies around the capital on the day she died 47 years ago.

The one-time actress who later became the most powerful woman in Argentine history as the wife of President Juan Peron died in 1952. She was 33.

Long lines of people passed by her tomb in downtown Buenos Aires, some laying red and pink roses at its entrance. Pictures of the blond former first lady also decorated the front of her mausoleum.

Commemorative ceremonies were held at churches throughout the city.

Various unions paid homage to Peron in ads published in local newspapers. ``Evita is our permanent guide, and her vigilance maintains our hopes,″ read one.

Between 1946, when her husband Juan Peron rose to power, until her death in 1952, Evita was the former president’s intermediary to the thousands of workers she called the ``descamisados,″ or the shirtless ones.

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