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Famed Argentine rights group Mothers of the Plaza marks 30th anniversary

Famed Argentine rights group Mothers of the Plaza marks 30th anniversary

Argentina's most famous human rights group, the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, marked their 30th anniversary Monday with an outdoor concert and rally outside the president's offices at Government House.
More than 1,000 people, including human rights workers and leftists, joined in cheering the famously kerchiefed group as folk singers performed on a sound stage under a banner reading: "Thirty Years of Struggle."
The Mothers began weekly marches outside Government House on April 30, 1977, a year after a military coup ushered in a seven-year dictatorship blamed for a so-called Dirty War crackdown on dissent that officially claimed nearly 13,000 lives.
Human rights groups put the toll at 30,000 dead and missing from the 1976-83 dictatorship.
The Mothers were the first to begin marching to demand information about missing sons and daughters, at a time when most were fearful of speaking up against atrocities.
"We still feel the absence of our dear children," founding member Tati Almeida said. She recalled how a handful of Mothers challenged the dictatorship early on, and welcomed the recognition they now receive.
"I give thanks to God we are not alone," she said of Monday's support.
Commemorations began with a pre-dawn torch-lit march and were to end with a performance by folk singer Mercedes Sosa.
Many of the Mothers are aging and on canes. Still, 80-year-old activist Maria Gurtman said she continues marching every week so that "future generations know what happened in our country."


Updated : 2021-05-08 01:21 GMT+08:00