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La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.  It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa.  In 1882, after a lengthy general strike, La Boca seceded from Argentina, and the rebels raised the Genoese flag, which was immediately torn down personally by then President Julio Argentino Roca.  Among sports fans, Boca is best known for being the home of world renowned football club Boca Juniors.  La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold.  Other attractions include the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs and Italian taverns.  It has also been a center for radical politics, having elected the first socialist member of the Argentine Congress (Alfredo Palacios in 1935) and was home to many demonstrations during the crisis of 2001.

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