Hundreds of thousands of people filled Plaza de Mayo and the surrounding areas yesterday afternoon to remember the 40th anniversary of the military coup that began the 1976-83 dictatorship.
The march included human rights and social organisations, political groups, labour unions, artists, activists, and many more.
At around 5pm, human rights groups led by the Abuelas and Madres de Plaza de Mayo read a statement, calling on the public to “defend democracy” and remember the 30,000 people disappeared in the last dictatorship.
“Here is where we’ve come every time to protest, march, and demand. Here we’ve been bombarded [in 1955], here we held the first march of resistance during the dictatorship, here we were massacred in 2001. We’ve come here to remember our loved ones, because they fought for a country that was for everyone, and were taken by a country that served the few. They were women and men with plans, convictions, supportive, and committed. It has been 40 years: four decades without those activists that we miss every day.”
The statement also criticised the current government led by President Mauricio Macri for implementing policies of “social, cultural, political, and economic exclusion”.
The Indy was present at the march, and here we share a selection of images of the day.