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
The march began at 3pm, like every Thursday
The Madres greeted the crowds from their bus
The arrival of the Madres was celebrated
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
As well as the traditional white headscarfs, many wore banners of their missing children
Others carried pictures of their loved ones
The crowd of supporters numbered many thousands, with Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Asociación de Madres de Plaza de Mayo in red
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
Others used the opportunity to sell flags sharing disapproval of Macri ‘I didn’t vote for him’.
Here nobody gives up