March 24, 2017
Tens of thousands were killed or disappeared during Argentina’s Dirty War.
Argentines took part in marches on Friday to commemorate the 41st anniversary of a military coup which started the country’s brutal dictatorship. In the National Day of Memory for Truth, many remembered victims of the dictatorship and denounced the human rights setbacks under right-wing President Mauricio Macri’s administration.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to fill the streets and remember victims of successive military dictatorships which started in 1976, when Jorge Rafael Videla came to power in a coup against left-wing President Isabel Peron. The military dictatorship ended in 1983.
Victim and survivor organizations such as Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Relatives of Disappeared and Arrested for Political Reasons and HIJOS were at the forefront of the memorial and critical of the Macri government’s indifference toward remembering the dictatorship, as he previously stated that he would not pursue trials against those involved in dictatorship-era crimes because it was a task for the country’s court system.
March 20, 2017
The signers below; intellectuals, artists, human rights defenders, and political and trade union
The signers below; intellectuals, artists, human rights defenders, and political and trade union leaders from around the world, express our fullest solidarity with the Argentine people who are facing neo-liberal policies from the Government of Mauricio Macri.
In just 15 months Macri is responsible for thousands of layoff in both the public and private sectors, he has devalued the currency, taken away labor rights with the new law ART, and benefits for retirees and their free prescription drugs. He has also tried to put a cap on wage claims against an inflation rate that shows no sign of stopping. The steep decline of economic activity, particularly in industry is evident as poverty continues to grow. Showing the seriousness of the situation in Argentina there are two million new poor since the beginning of Macri’s presidency.
During the time of Macri Argentina has had the dubious distinction of having a variety of corruption cases against him and those around him. The investigation around him includes the Panama Papers, and corruption cases involving Odebrecht, Avianca, Correo Argentino, among others. On top of this is the unjust imprisonment of social leader Milagro Sala in the province of Jujuy; a case that has been condemned by various international organizations including the UN, Parlasur, OAS,