Thousands gathered in Plaza de Mayo today to honor the memories of those who disappeared in Argentina’s last military coup. The day marks the anniversary of Argentina’s dictatorship that began on 24 March, 1976, and is now known as the Memorial Day of Truth and Justice.
Internationally renowned social organisations such as the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo joined other political and economic groups to voice their message in the heart of the nation’s capital. Many carried a large banner that featured names of the victims.
The groups additionally shepherded student unions in their marches today, demanding culpability for those responsible for the disappearances of thousands during the years of the dictatorship.
The student groups and left-wing organisations held banners displaying the slogan “jail for genocide, not impunity for the past and present.”
Several activities were carried out throughout the day as well, such as a photography exhibition and the completion of a 204-piece jigsaw puzzle in the image of journalist Rodolfo Walsh.
Many of the nation’s political leaders got involved in the various causes. According to La Nacion, provincial deputy Gabriel Bruera and councilwoman Valeria Amendolara attended a three-kilometer run/walk that was organised by the La Plata district.
President Cristina Kirchner honored the day and her late husband by quoting some of his more famous words on social networking site Twitter: “24 March has become the living consciousness of what never to do in the fatherland.”