In Argentina, the wives and mothers of missing people are continuing their weekly protests -- despite official disapproval.
GV Crowd of women gathered outside Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires
CU Women with umbrellas
GV Women parading in front of palace (3 shots)
When the American Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, visited Argentina last November, he presented the government with a list of 7,500 names of people said to have disappeared or to have been arrested without legal process for political reasons.
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Background: In Argentina, the wives and mothers of missing people are continuing their weekly protests -- despite official disapproval. Several thousand people have disappeared since the military coup which brought President Videla to power in 1976. Their womenfolk now demonstrate illegally once a week in front of the Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires as they campaign for information on the fate of their lost relatives.
SYNOPSIS: Even heavy rain does not deter the women from their regular Thursday processions. They are now such a familiar sight in the city that they have become known as "the mothers of Plaza de Mayo."
During the World Cup in Argentina, with the large influx of foreign visitors and journalists, the police are reported to have been lenient in their treatment of the women, who fear the official attitude will swiftly change once the visitors go home.
The demonstration group was formed by accident. The women started recognising each other during frequent trips to various government offices in their search for information on their search for information on their lost husbands and sons -- all presumably abducted by military or police authorities. From these informal meetings, the now familiar weekly vigil developed.