Churches march to recall Argentina's dark days of dictatorship

By ENInews
March 29, 2011

Church members have joined thousands of marchers in Buenos Aires' Plaza de Mayo (May Square) to mark 35 years since a military coup overthrew Argentina's elected government and installed a dictatorship that left up to 30,000 people dead or missing - writes Leanne Larmondin.

The country's National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice, marked each year on 24 March, commemorates the deaths and disappearances of civilians during the military dictatorship that governed the country from 1976 until 1983.

Marches and demonstrations took place across the country and included churches, humanitarian organisations and relatives of those who died or went missing.

In a 24 March release about the Day of Memory, Argentina's Ecumenical Movement for Human Rights noted church members marched in the square "carrying photographs of those persecuted and disappeared in the past and the present, along with the banners and flags of the faith communities."

The MercoPress news agency reported that the marchers in Buenos Aires carried a 200-metre long Argentine flag and photos of the thousands of disappeared.

The Ecumenical Movement for Human Rights member churches include the Argentinean Evangelical Methodist Church, the Evangelical Church of Rio de la Plata, the Evangelical Church of the Disciples of Christ, the Waldensian Evangelical Church of Rio de la Plata, the Association of the Church of God, the Argentinean Reformed Church, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Diocese of Quilmes, Viedma, Neuquen and Puerto Iguazu of the Roman Catholic Church.

[With acknowledgements to ENInews. ENInews, formerly Ecumenical News International, is jointly sponsored by the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the Conference of European Churches.]


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