Argentina’s famous Mothers of Plaza de Mayo have declared this year’s March of Resistance will be their last. The annual demonstration started 25 years ago – it was initiated by the mothers of some of the tens of thousands of people who disappeared under Argentina’s military dictatorship.
The mothers, in their traditional white headscarves, many of whom also hold a weekly march around the square’s Mayo Pyramid, have become a major symbol in the fight for justice and human rights. The group’s president Hebe Bonafini says: “This is the last march because the enemy no longer lives in the house of government.” Current president Nestor Kirchner is close to the Mothers, who see him as a “friend” according to Bonafini. Some 30,000 suspected opponents of the regime were kidnapped and executed under the brutal regime between 1976 and 1983. Many were tortured in secret prisons.