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Argentines rally in support of former military dictatorship

Argentines rally in support of former military dictatorship

Some 5,000 right-wing demonstrators rallied in the capital to praise Argentina's former military dictatorship, which waged a brutal campaign against suspected leftists.
Official estimates blame the 1976-83 military regime for the disappearance of some 13,000 suspected leftists, though human rights groups put the figure at about 30,000.
On Thursday, right-wing protesters gathered at a plaza in downtown Buenos Aires, chanting slogans and saying that the bloody tactics used by the dictatorship were justified "acts of war" against subversive groups.
"Blood is not to be negotiated," said Ana Lucioni, a member of the Commission to Honor the Victims of Subversion, one of the groups that organized the rally. "No soldier will ask for forgiveness."
Carrying signs with slogans such as "Victims of terrorism are never remembered," the protesters criticized leftist President Nestor Kirchner's efforts to bring those responsible for human rights abuses to trial.
"It's impossible to build a future working with people who pay tribute to historic defamation," said Lucioni, who added that her father was killed by guerrillas in the 1970s.
Under Kirchner, a number of dictatorship-era human rights trials have been reopened that could send military officials _ most of them retired _ to prison.
Leftist organizations staged a counterprotest two blocks away to demand "trial and punishment for genocide." Police kept the two groups apart.
A similar rally by pro-dictatorship protesters was held in May. Several active military officers who attended were fired soon after.


Updated : 2020-12-03 13:17 GMT+08:00