Argentina: Self-Amnesty

A military pardon

It was a haunting reminder to a government all too anxious to forget. On walls, trees and newspaper kiosks around Buenos Aires last week, 30,000 painted human silhouettes were pasted up; each bore the name and age of one of the more than 6,000 civilians who disappeared during the 1970s, apparently at the hands of the ruthless military. Then the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, the group that has tenaciously been protesting those disappearances for six years, launched a special 24-hour march of resistance. As onlookers applauded, 5,000 protesters marched...

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