Argentina: Cleaning Up

Alfonsín settles accounts

Under a blazing summer sun, the gravediggers thrust their shovels into the hard earth of the cemetery in Rafael Calzada, a village 19 miles south of Buenos Aires. A federal judge watched impassively and policemen stood at a respectful distance as the workers unearthed the remains of 15 bodies and carefully placed them in brown plastic bags. The hands of all but one of the corpses had been cut off, apparently to thwart later identification.

Next day the drama was repeated at Moreno, 24 miles west of the Argentine capital:...

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