Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Argentina on March 24th to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the military coup that brought a brutal dictatorship to the country. The crowd marched through the capital Buenos Aires and other cities, carrying signs and banners to protest the crimes committed during the 1976-1983 dictatorship.
The demonstration, organized by an alliance of human rights groups, was attended by relatives of those who were disappeared by the military during the period of authoritarian rule. Among them was Estela de Carlotto, who lost her grandson during the dictatorship. She said, “We are here to remember what happened and to demand justice. We have not forgotten.”
The march was also attended by several political figures, including President Alberto Fernández. He said, “We must never forget what happened in our country. We must always remember those who were disappeared, tortured and killed.”
The anniversary of the military coup has become an annual rallying point for human rights activists and victims of the dictatorship. This year’s march was particularly significant, as it was the first time that a sitting president has taken part in the event.
The demonstration was also a reminder of the ongoing struggle for justice in Argentina. Despite the passage of more than four decades, the events of the dictatorship era remain unresolved. Many of those responsible for the atrocities have still not been brought to justice, and the victims and their families are still waiting for closure.
The march in Buenos Aires was part of a series of events held around the country to commemorate the anniversary of the military coup. In the city of Santa Fe, thousands of people took part in a silent march, while in Córdoba, a candlelight vigil was held in the city’s main square.
The events of March 24th serve as a reminder that the legacy of the dictatorship continues to haunt Argentina. The country’s citizens are still struggling to come to terms with the atrocities of the past, and to ensure that such injustices never happen again.