Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Memory March

Mothers o the  Plaza de Mayo Peacefully Protesting in Front of the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Every week, always on Thursday 3:30 PM, the Madres de Plaza de Mayo come together to protest silently for a sad cause. They gather in front of the Casa Rosada presidential palace in the center of Buenos Aires to remind people of a painful period in Argentine history that today is known as the Dirty War. The women march in memory and remembrance of their children and grandchildren who had been "disappeared" during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. Every mother wears a white head scarf with the names of their abducted children and family members embroidered in blue letters. The mothers and their supporters demand information from the government about the whereabouts of the desaparecidos. The white head scarf has become the unique symbol for this political movement which is by now over 30 years old. I adore their unbending courage and the never ending endurance in this fight for justice.

There is another picture post on this matter:
Stumble Stones Mark Painful Junta Past

9 comments:

Jacob said...

Tres interessant! Kudos to them! Do you think there is any hope they will get the information they want?

AB said...

Their persistence is, indeed, impressive. May no one ever forget.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Jacob, I think they will not get all the information they want due to the secrecy surrounding the abductions within branches of the military. Nevertheless, they help in recovering remains and bringing ex-officials to justice in a laborious process. It's like a big puzzle. In addition, they had quite a few successes related to their tireless work such as the annulations of the amnesty laws that had protected the military so far.

Clueless in Boston said...

Very sad time in your history. The courage and fortitude of these women is amazing.

RogerB said...

Thank you for the history lesson, and the photo. Mothers never forget.

JM said...

These ladies have all my respect! I haven't seen then while I was visiting Baires, maybe I haven't spent any thursday there.

Leif Hagen said...

Great photo, sad history lesson. If I spoke more than "Sesame Street" Spanish, I would love to talk to those women! Maybe my silly, elementary Spanish would get them to laugh or smile? Adios amiga! Muchos gracias

lemon said...

Yours is one of the most interesting blogs that I have met for a long time.
Maybe it is that you photo shots that seem very interesting to me (like empty urban spaces...).

Jill said...

Your story and struggle is amazing. I focused my efforts my senior semester of college researching the mothers of the plaza de mayo and the Dirty War in general. You are an inspiration to women everywhere to keep fighting against injustices.