Thousands of Argentines took to the streets on Sunday to recall Memory Day, March 24th, on the forty-third anniversary of the military coup that led to the country's last military dictatorship that extended from 1976 to 1983.
In Buenos Aires different civil and human rights organizations marched to the emblematic Plaza de Mayo, the epicenter of Argentine street politics and where for years the Mothers and Grandmothers of the disappeared by the dictatorship would routinely make their silent tour of the square with their white head scarves.
With slogans such as Memory, truth and justice, Never again and 30.000 Disappeared the marchers filled the streets of the Argentine capital, together with LGTBI organizations and traditional music groups.
The poignant moment was when the Grandmothers and Mothers of Plaza de Mayo took the stand in the square to make public a statement, together with the human rights groups, demanding punishment for the military guilty of genocide and their civilian participants, in one of the bloodiest periods of recent Argentine history.
It has been 43 years since the genocide coup, and in this Plaza de Mayo we reaffirm our vindication of the 30.000 disappeared and continue to fight for the motherland they dreamt with, read out Taty Almeida, a member of the Mothers of Mayo.
She added, Memory and truth are the tools to recover the rights and accused the current Argentine administration of pretending to deny the disappeared during the dictatorship.
The stand was adorned with a huge red flower arrangement with the inscription, 30.000.
Another speaker was Estela de Carlotto, who as president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo recalled the long process since they started to demand an answer for all their disappeared loved ones.
Mothers and grandmothers we have suffered the scorn, indifference, ill-treatment...but the collective construction has taught us to look after ourselves and others. We stared knitting links and that way we started to know about the fate of our children and daughters, the whereabouts of our grand children, and it was the people who demanded the truth, underlined Ms Carlotto.
She also urged to continue looking for the disappeared so that we don't have to farewell more grandmothers which left us without having found their grandchildren, that they looked for during decades
We need to break silence and commit ourselves with history as to never forget a past which is now present.
There was a special homage to the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, EAAF, which has played a key role in the identification of the disappeared and was founded in 1984. This team is currently involved in the identification of the remains of Argentine soldier buried in the Falkland Islands.
In its 35 years EAAF has recovered 1.400 bodies and has identified over 795. At the rally it was also announced that the EAAF would launch a new campaign to identify disappeared people with DNA blood samples.
Memory Day organizers also demanded freedom for all political prisoners and full punishment for all those responsible for human rights abuses during the dictatorship. Since the
Supreme Court in 2008 declared unconstitutional the two laws from 1986 and 1987 referred as Due Obedience and Clean Slate acts, some 900 people have been sentenced, including the former dictator Jorge Videla, who led the 1976 military coup.
In related news the Argentine foreign ministry announced that US president Donald Trump will be delivering to Argentina declassified and released documents relating to the last dictatorship in Argentina and which were collected by Washington's twelve different Security and Intelligence agencies.
It will be largest release of such documents by the US to another State, and this was achieved in the framework of the dialogue and cooperation process between the Argentine foreign ministry and the Trump administration.
The release adds that these declassified documents will be a most valuable support of the Memory, Truth and Justice process in Argentina.