The Indy Eye: March for Memory, Truth, and Justice (1976-2016)

25th March 2016  Indy Staff
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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.

Hundreds of thousands packed in to Plaza de Mayo to remember the 1976 coup (Photo: Camille Ayral)

Hundreds of thousands packed in to Plaza de Mayo to remember the 1976 coup (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The march remembered the military coup that began the darkest chapter in Argentina's history (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The march remembered the military coup that began the darkest chapter in Argentina’s history (Photo: Camille Ayral)

Human rights groups carry a banner with the faces of the disappeared (Photo courtesy of Mu - La Vaca)

Human rights groups carry a banner with the faces of the disappeared (Photo courtesy of Mu – La Vaca)

People displayed chilling photos from the dictatorship (Photo: Camille Ayral)

People also displayed chilling photos from the dictatorship (Photo: Camille Ayral)

One of the 'Madres' greets people in the crowd (Photo: Camille Ayral)

One of the ‘Madres’ greets people in the crowd (Photo: Camille Ayral)

Remembering 30,000 disappeared (Photo courtesy of Mu-La Vaca)

Remembering 30,000 disappeared (Photo courtesy of Mu-La Vaca)

A child gives the Peronist salute to the masses (Photo: Marc Rogers)

A child gives the Peronist salute to the masses (Photo: Marc Rogers)

"Ni olvido, ni perdón" - No forgetting, no forgiveness (Photo: Camille Ayral)

“Ni olvido, ni perdón” – No forgetting, no forgiveness (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The column stretched from Plaza de Mayo to beyond Av. 9 de Julio (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The column stretched from Plaza de Mayo to beyond Av. 9 de Julio (Photo: Camille Ayral)

Faces of the disappeared were present in among the crowds (Photo: Marc Rogers)

Faces of the disappeared were present in among the crowds (Photo: Marc Rogers)

A child wears the white headscarf made famous by the Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Photo: Camille Ayral)

A child wears the white headscarf made famous by the Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The march also included many performance arts groups (Photo: Camille Ayral)

The march also included many performance arts groups (Photo: Camille Ayral)

A small group protested Barack Obama's visit and the US role in the dictatorship by burning the flag (Photo: Camille Ayral)

A small group protested Barack Obama’s visit and the US role in the dictatorship by burning the flag (Photo: Camille Ayral)

An aerial view of the huge crowds (Photo courtesy of Mu - La Vaca)

An aerial view of the huge crowds (Photo courtesy of Mu – La Vaca)








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