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Argentina reveals hundreds of "dirty war" secret files

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Argentina reveals hundreds of "dirty war" secret files


Hundreds of secret files dating back to the years of military rule in Argentina have been released by the government.

They were discovered in an abandoned Air Force building and contain transcripts of meetings held by the junta which ruled from 1976 to 1983.

Lists of artists and intellectuals who opposed the regime were also found.

Argentina’s Defence Minister, Agustin Rossi said the majority of documents which touched on victims who died or disappeared at the hands of the military junta dealt with how to brief the media at the time and how to refer to the “disappeared” using euphemisms such as “ascertaining their whereabouts”.

Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo group who campaign for information about the disappeared welcomed the revelations.

After the 1976 coup General Videla was one of several military men who led the junta that officially killed 13,000 of his fellow citizens in a “dirty war” to eliminate “subversives.”

Human rights activists believe the real number was 30,000.

Videla died in May while serving a life sentence in prison for crimes against humanity.

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