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Javier Milei needs to explode the consensus on the crimes of the Argentine dictatorship constructed within the final 40 years of democracy. The president and his vp, Victoria Villarruel, arrived on the Casa Rosada denying the existence of a scientific extermination plan between 1976 and 1983 and this Sunday, when 48 years of the army coup are commemorated, the Government went additional. From the official accounts of the Casa Rosada, the Executive broadcast a video that equates State terrorism with the violence of guerrilla teams, defends that there was a “war” by which “innocent people fell on both sides”, questions the variety of victims of the dictatorship and means that human rights organizations “collected tithes” to hunt justice for the 1000’s of disappeared. The provocation got here hours earlier than an enormous march for the National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, which commemorates the anniversary of the coup and honors the victims.

On March 24, 1976, the bloodiest dictatorship within the historical past of Argentina started. The army remained in energy for nearly seven years throughout which they carried out a scientific extermination plan. They kidnapped, tortured, murdered, stole infants and disappeared 1000’s of individuals whose our bodies have by no means been discovered. Upon recovering democracy, Argentines stated by no means once more to state terrorism and people chargeable for these crimes towards humanity started to be judged. Since then, greater than 1,200 folks have been convicted in a singular judicial course of in Latin America that has allowed Argentines to be taught the main points of the atrocities perpetrated by the army.

Until Milei, all democratic governments had condemned state terrorism. Macri questioned the determine of 30,000 lacking individuals maintained by human rights organizations, however not the regime's prison plan demonstrated in additional than 300 trials.

For the extremely president, nevertheless, nor have been there 30,000 victims nor was there state terrorism. Already within the marketing campaign, Milei declared that within the seventies in Argentina “there was a war [entre militares y guerrilleros] and the State forces committed excesses.” The vp, Victoria Villarruel, agrees and calls for a “complete report” that features the victims of the guerrillas.

The Government expressed its model in a 12-minute video broadcast this Sunday on the official networks of the Casa Rosada. In the recording, you hear the testimonies of María Fernanda Viola, whose father was murdered in 1974 – nonetheless in democracy – by an armed group, the author and politician Juan Bautista Yofre and the previous guerrilla Luis Labraña. According to her story, in these years “the country could no longer resist” and what occurred was a “war” between “monsters.” But for the protagonists of the video, “only one side” of that story has been proven and a “complete truth” is critical to “heal the wounds.”

The video omits to level out, nevertheless, that the justice system has decided that the Military Juntas launched a plan of disappearance, torture and extermination of a sector of the civilian inhabitants and that these accountable have been convicted of crimes towards humanity in a collection of processes that started in 1985 and proceed to at the present time. This State coverage has been pioneering and has been largely promoted by human rights organizations corresponding to Abuelas or Madres de Playa de Mayo, who within the video are accused of constructing “a big business” with their work.

The communication deployment activated this Sunday was not a shock: after 8M, whereas feminism took to the streets, the Government introduced that it will change the identify of the Casa Rosada Women's Hall, the expectation in regards to the actions that it will activate this Sunday She was tall.

The change in discourse has damaged one of the crucial strong consensuses in Argentine society and has triggered stress within the days main as much as the anniversary of the coup. Days in the past, a human rights activist reported that she was assaulted, gagged and abused in her house. “We didn't come to rob you, we came to kill you,” the attackers advised him. Before leaving they wrote on the wall: “Long live freedom, damn!”, the catchphrase that the president popularized since his presidential marketing campaign final yr.

This identical week, the Marea publishing home, which has a large catalog of books on human rights, suffered a cyber assault and the president of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, reported that her cellphone was tapped. De Carlotto attributed the background noise and fixed interference heard in the course of the radio interviews she gave in current days to those alleged unlawful eavesdropping.

Workers from the Human Rights Secretariat have additionally denounced defunding, lack of appointment of authorities and dismissals in areas such because the National Memory Archive, within the Directorate of Institutional Violence or within the Press workforce. “We found no criteria. Only the dismantling of the State and the public policies of memory, truth and justice,” criticized Flavia Fernández Brozzi, consultant of the secretariat employees. The secretariat is inside the property the place the Navy Mechanics School (exESMA) operated, army services that in the course of the dictatorship operated as the biggest clandestine heart for detention, torture and extermination. There can be the Museum of Memory, an area declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO that Villarruel threatened to dismantle.

ESMA Memory Site Museum.
ESMA Memory Site Museum.Mariana Eliano

New army function

Milei additionally needs to vary the paradigm that has remained in power for the Armed Forces because the return of democracy. Her Government has introduced that it’ll ship to Congress a reform of the Internal Security legislation that authorizes the intervention of the army in conflicts such because the drug violence that hits the town of Rosario. Today the army doesn’t need to know something about this transformation of features.

The Armed Forces managed Argentine politics for greater than half a century. In 1930 they carried out the primary coup d'état, which was adopted by others to attempt to repress first the Radical Civic Union (UCR), after which, beginning in 1955, Peronism. When they handed over energy in 1983, they’d forcibly eliminated 5 democratic governments from the Casa Rosada.

From then on his energy diminished. The president of the transition, the novel Raúl Alfonsín, tried the leaders of the dictatorship in 1985. In 1991, a Peronist, Carlos Menem, pardoned them. However, a strategy of defunding the Armed Forces and the withdrawal of troops to the barracks additionally started, which Milei now needs to place an finish to. Contrary to the cuts in different areas of the State, the Government is keen to modernize their gear and coaching in order that they regain prominence with new roles.

The huge mobilization known as this Sunday stands as much as the Milei Government's try to attenuate and rewrite the darkest episode within the historical past of the South American nation.

March on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice this Sunday in Buenos Aires (Argentina).
March on the event of the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice this Sunday in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Juan Ignacio Roncoroni (EFE)

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