Though LB and I have been living in Buenos Aires for almost 8 months, we had never seen the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo before. For those of you that don't know much about La Guerra Súcia (otherwise known as the Dirty War), the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Association was formed during the last military government because tens of thousands of people, especially intellectuals, dissidents, leftists, were all kidnapped, torturted and killed by Argentina's last dictatorship. Public congregation at that time was strictly forbidden. It was against the law for more than three people to meet in public. But the Mothers started protesting together anyway, donning their now iconic white handkerchiefs (a symbol of their sons' diapers) at Plaza de Mayo each and every Thursday as organized "resistencia" to the kidnapping of their sons, and so many others as well, who had simply disappeared without a trace between 1976-1983 during the period known as the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional . Since 2006, the Mothers have ceased their "resistance" march but continue to show up each Thursday for other--mostly progressive--issues. Love them or hate them, and their division into two separate factions, you have to respect the tenacity of these women who keep fighting for what they believe in. My liberal friends in America who like to protest, watch and learn:
Anyway, here are photos, starting with our delicious lunch of veggie tempura + omaee at the Japanese Cultural Center of Argentina.