And it would shift dramatically in the coming years.
On October 9, 1945, a group of Army officers called the United Officers Group, fearful of Peron’s growing power, had Juan Peron arrested. They were worried that Peron’s supporters, the descamisados, (shirtless ones – workers and the poorer classes) might help him overthrow the current president.
It was actually his arrest that accomplished that. By October 17 between 250,000 and 350,000 people had gathered outside the presidential mansion to demand Peron’s release. The army officers acquiesced. And it was there, on the balcony of the President’s mansion, that Eva announced Peron’s release.
They were married in a civil ceremony on the next day. Eva wore a very large hat.
People claim that this was a political marriage, that it happened because it would look good for Juan to have a wife if he was going to be President, and that Eva just wanted to advance her career. Those people obviously have not read the weepy, pining letter that Eva wrote Juan when he was in prison. In it she says:
“My adored treasure, only when we are separated from those we love can we know how much we love them.”
Eva, seriously. He was only in jail for 8 days. What happened to living your life like a free bird?