Loyalty Day in Argentina Date in the current year: October 17, 2016

Loyalty Day in Argentina People of Argentina annually observe Loyalty Day (Día de la lealtad) on October 17. This is a memorial day, commemorating the beginning of the massive labor demonstration at the May Square demanding the liberation of Argentinian military officer Juan Perón, jailed in Martín García island.

General Arturo Rawson headed the military coup, that took place on June 4, 1943, that removed then-President Ramón Castillo. Argentinians opposed the coup and refused to acknowledge a new government. Juan Perón, the head of Secretary of Labor, was one of its opponents.

Perón was forced to leave the office on October 10, 1945, and two days later he was arrested and jailed in Martín García island. Thousands of workers and members of their families gathered on the streets of Buenos Aires and marched to its center, May Square, demanding the liberation of Juan Perón.

Perón was released on the same day and he revoked his political activity. Later he became President of Argentina, serving in office from June 4, 1946 to September 21, 1955. The day of mass labor demonstration is remembered in Argentina as Loyalty Day, and as the birthday of Peronism movement.

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