In Buenos Aires, a newspaper has published a list identifying more than 3,000 people it says are "missing" political prisoners.
In Buenos Aires, a newspaper has published a list identifying more than 3,000 people it says are "missing" political prisoners. The newspaper says most disappeared after being detained by security forces for questioning. Relatives of the missing people claim they are being held without trial by the military government of General Jorge Videla under the "state of siege" powers introduced to combat terrorism after the military took power. Every week, many of these relatives father in a peaceful protest rally outside the government offices in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, seeking information about the missing people.
SYNOPSIS: The list of missing people was paid for by three human rights organisations and took up three pages of the newspaper La Prensa. Accompanying the list was a plea to President Videla for information about the people who have disappeared after arrest by the security forces.
It produced no immediate reply from the government for these people. They call themselves the "Mad mothers of Plaza de Mayo" and gather every week before the government building, seeking information about their missing relatives. They believe the government is holding them without trial, but the authorities, in turn claim many of the missing are guerrillas who have chosen to go underground or flee the country without telling their families.
This gathering, normally a low key affair, has been taking place ever since the military took power. But on Thursday (18 May) police appeared and moved the protestors on and at the same time, Visnews correspondent, John Arden and his cameramen were taken to police headquarters, questioned and later released.