Madres De La Plaza De Mayo Social Movement

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The social movement of Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (in translation: Mothers of the Plaza the Mayo) was founded during a dark period of Argentina’s history- the so called Dirty war. The Dirty war (Spanish: Guerra Sucia), which was also known as the Process of National Reorganization (Spanish: Proceso de Reorganización Nacional or El Proceso), was a period in which suspected dissidents and subversives where persecuted by the Argentine government. It started in roughly 1974 (although some sources date it back to 1969) and lasted until 1983. During that time military forces Argentine Anticommunist Alliance (Triple A) (which were basically right-wing death squads) hunted down and killed left-wing guerrillas, political dissidents, suspected socialist and anyone who could have supported them. The number of the victims is believed to be around 30,000 left-wing activists and militants, including trade unionists, students, journalists and Marxists and Peronist guerrillas. Many of these opponents of the regime were “disappeared”- they were abducted or illegally detained and kept in clandestine detention centers, where they were questioned, tortured, and sometimes killed. The total number of “disappeared” during this period is reported …show more content…
The worst period of this repression took place after the guerrillas were mostly defeated in 1977, when the target of the junta shifted to a broader types of individuals, which included intellectuals, university students, artists, labor unions, professor and even the church. In order to justify this mass terror the junta hugely exaggerated the guerrilla and even faked guerrilla attacks using the bodies of long dead guerrilla fighters which had been frozen and kept in storage for such

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