Proceso de Reorganizacion Nacional
At 3:10 am on March 24, 1976, General José Rogelio Villarreal initiated the coup by telling President Isabel Martínez de Perón:
Madam, the Armed Forces have decided to take political control of the country and you are arrested.
The proclamation said: "Exhausted all instances of constitutional mechanism, overcome the possibility of rectifications within the framework of institutions and irrefutably demonstrated the impossibility of recovering the process by natural means, comes to an end a situation that hurts the Nation and compromises Your future Our people have suffered a new frustration. Faced with a tremendous vacuum of power, capable of plunging us into dissolution and anarchy, the lack of capacity of convocation that the national government has demonstrated, the repeated and successive contradictions demonstrated in the measures of all kinds, the lack of a global strategy that, driven by political power, will face subversion, the lack of solutions for the country, whose result has been the permanent increase of all exterminations, the total absence of ethical and moral examples that must be given those who exercise the State's leadership, the manifest irresponsibility in the management of the economy that caused the exhaustion of the productive apparatus, the widespread speculation and corruption, all of which translates into an irreparable loss of the sense of greatness and faith, Armed Forces, in compliance with an unrenounceable obligation, have assumed the leadership of the State. An obligation that arises from serene meditations on the irreparable consequences that could have on the destiny of the Nation, an attitude different from the one adopted. This decision pursues the purpose of ending misgovernment, corruption and the subversive scourge, and is only directed against those who have committed crimes and committed abuses of power. It is a decision for the Homeland, and does not imply, therefore, discrimination against any civic militancy or any social sector. It therefore rejects the dissociative action of all extremes and the corrupting effect of any demagoguery. (...) (...) For that reason, at the same time that we will continue without a truce fighting against subversive crime, open or covert, all demagogy will be banished. Corruption or venality will not be tolerated under any form or circumstance, nor will any transgression to the law be opposed to the reparation process that is initiated.
The Armed Forces have assumed control of the Republic. Let the country understand the profound and unequivocal meaning of this attitude so that the responsibility and the collective effort accompany this enterprise that, pursuing the common good, will reach with the help of God, the full national recovery."
- Jorge Rafael Videla, General Commander of the Army; - Emilio Eduardo Massera., General Commander of the Navy; - Orlando Ramón Agosti, General Commander. of the Air Force.
El Proceso, governed Argentina from March 24, 1976, overthrowing María Estela Martínez de Perón, until December 10, 1983, when Raúl Alfonsín took office, a social democrat who would later cause hyperinflation.