• Short Summary

    In Argentina, about 100 mothers of people missing, many of them seized by armed men claiming to be members of the security forces, have been holding silent vigils in front of Government House in Buenos Aires over the past 18 months.

  • Description

    In Argentina, about 100 mothers of people missing, many of them seized by armed men claiming to be members of the security forces, have been holding silent vigils in front of Government House in Buenos Aires over the past 18 months. But recently they have been joined by a large number of noisy women demonstrators, loudly demanding information about more than 1,000 missing relatives they believe are held without trial.

    SYNOPSIS: In the past the demonstrating mothers had been allowed to congregate outside Government House in the plaza de Mayo each Thursday. But this time, when they arrived on Friday (29 December) after being that a list of people held would be given to them, police barred their way. They gathered on the steps of the cathedral chanting and waving.

    Under a banner calling for the return of their loved ones, the women became increasingly noisy. Indeed, the 'mothers' have become more daring in a country where unofficial demonstrations are forbidden. the authorities have repeatedly claimed that many of those missing are guerrillas who have chosen to go underground or flee without telling their families.

    In the past the police watched silently as the demonstrating women held their vigil, but on this occasion, after turning them away from the Paza, they followed them to the Cathedral. They were armed with tear gas but did not use it. However, several officers eventually moved in and started to push the women off the steps of the Cathedral.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8VLKTDEADEG1XIOHRW5O3TR3B
    Media URN:
    VLVA8VLKTDEADEG1XIOHRW5O3TR3B
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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