The Indy Eye: Madres de Plaza de Mayo’s 2000th March

12th August 2016  Niran Ganir


Yesterday the Madres de Plaza de Mayo celebrated their 2000th walk around Buenos Aires’ iconic plaza, demanding the truth about their loved ones disappeared during the 1976-83 dictatorship. The mothers began their symbolic walk in 1977, and quickly formed one of the first human rights organisations under the junta. A symbol of peaceful resistance, the Madres faced their own violent repression, and members of the group themselves were kidnapped and killed by the regime. But they continued their weekly Thursday walk, and have risen to become a celebrated symbol of human rights in Argentina.

All photos by Niran Ganir.

A multitude lined the street to wait for the arrival of the Madres

A multitude lined the street to wait for the arrival of the Madres

The march began at 3pm, like every Thursday

The march began at 3pm, like every Thursday

The Madres greeted the crowds from their bus

The Madres greeted the crowds from their bus

The arrival of the Madres was celebrated

The arrival of the Madres was celebrated

The Madres were swarmed as they made their regular walk around Plaza de Mayo

The Madres were swarmed as they made their regular walk around Plaza de Mayo

Nora Cortiñas, president of Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Línea Fundadora

Nora Cortiñas, president of Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Línea Fundadora

As well as the traditional white headscarfs, many wore banners of their missing children

As well as the traditional white headscarfs, many wore banners of their missing children

Others carried pictures of their loved ones

Others carried pictures of their loved ones

The crowd of supporters numbered many thousands

The crowd of supporters numbered many thousands, with Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Asociación de Madres de Plaza de Mayo in red

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Civilian and corporate collaboration with the junta was also denounced: "Ford Motors Argentina kidnapped and tortured 24 delegates and workers. Fight for human rights. Justice now"

Civilian and corporate collaboration with the junta was also denounced: “Ford Motors Argentina kidnapped and tortured 24 delegates and workers. Fight for human rights. Justice now”

A young activist holds a portrait of Hebe de Bonafini, president of Asociación de Mades de Plaza de Mayo

A young activist holds a portrait of Hebe de Bonafini, president of Asociación de Mades de Plaza de Mayo

Others used the opportunity to sell flags sharing disapproval of Macri 'I didn't vote for him'.

Others used the opportunity to sell flags sharing disapproval of Macri ‘I didn’t vote for him’.

Here nobody gives up

Here nobody gives up








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