In Buenos Aires a group of Argentinian women, known as the "mothers of Plaza de Mayo" tried to speak to United Nations Secretary Kurt Waldheim on Wednesday (30 August) but police prevented them from doing so.
GV EXTERIOR Plaza Hotel in Buenos Aires
SV PAN FROM UN flag to women demonstrators outside hotel
CU Women demonstrators
LV U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim's car enters hotel parking area
GV and SV Press Conference with Dr. Waldheim facing newsmen (two shots)
CU Waldheim speaks in English replying to question
DR. WALDHEIM: "Well, you better address your question to those mass media. I can only say that in my opinion a lot has to do with getting information. I think it's very important to give the outside world a chance to see what is going on in the country and therefore I welcome these informational (indistinct) of a moment ago, because this gives the people of other countries a chance to come here and to see with their own eyes what is going on in the country and then report correctly about the situation."
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Background: In Buenos Aires a group of Argentinian women, known as the "mothers of Plaza de Mayo" tried to speak to United Nations Secretary Kurt Waldheim on Wednesday (30 August) but police prevented them from doing so. Dr. Waldheim was in Argentina to open a United International Conference aimed at promoting technical cooperation between developing states. The "mothers of Plaza de Mayo" are the wives and mothers of people, who they believe the government is holding without trial since the military took power in 1976.
SYNOPSIS: The women gathered outside the Plaza Hotel in Buenos Aires, where Dr. Waldheim was expected to hold a press conference. It is illegal to hold demonstrations in Argentina but these women meet every Thursday to parade silently around the Plaza de Mayo. According to the Argentine Permanent Assembly for Human Rights, at least 2,500 men and women have disappeared since March 1976. The women said they wanted to speak to Dr. Waldheim, but it is not known if he even know of their presence. Uniformed police moved the demonstrators away as his car entered the hotel.
Dr. Waldheim opened the Conference on technical cooperation on Wednesday (30 August). At the press conference Dr. Waldheim was asked about the conditions of Argentina and specifically why some members of the world's mass media have an unfavourable view towards the host country.