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Saturday March 26, 2011

Argentines March Under Slogan “Memory, Truth and Justice” 35 Years Later

Argentines March Under Slogan “Memory, Truth and Justice” 35 Years Later

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Thousands of Argentines marched in downtown Buenos Aires as a reminder of when the Junta ousted the government on March 24, 1976, marking one of the countries darkest periods. 35 years ago, the coup left an estimated 30,000 killed or unaccounted for.

General Jorge Videla is in jail sentenced to life imprisonment and is facing another trial for the disappearance and kidnapping of babies from political prisoners. So far 200 former officials have been sentenced and another 800 face trials.

Under the new Argentine calendar March 24 is the National Day for the Memory, Truth, and Justice Holiday and calls on citizens to think over what happened during the last of the many dark and violent periods that Argentines experienced throughout history.

Another demand from the marchers was the “Identity restitution for the stolen children”. This refers to the over 500 babies kidnapped when born in captivity and fathered by disappeared detainees. So far 102, thanks to the persistence from the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have been recovered from stepfamilies and given their proper names. The dictatorship came to an end in 1983.