- Title: ARGENTINA: Argentine 'Grandmothers' march for missing children
- Date: 18th May 2011
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (MAY 17, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF STAGE WHERE RECOVERED CHILDREN (NOW GROWN) APPEAR ON SCREEN GIVING MESSAGES TO THE PUBLIC VARIOUS OF ATTENDEES AT THE EVENT WAVING POSTERS AND SIGNS ESTELA BARNES DE CARLOTTO, THE PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF THE GRANDMOTHERS OF THE PLAZA DE MAYO, ARRIVING TO THE EVENT AND THE AUDIENCE APPLAUDING VARIOUS OF MEMBERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND POLITICAL PARTIES SINGING AND JUMPING VARIOUS
- Embargoed: 3rd June 2011 16:23
- Location: Argentina, Argentina
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVA6OTDEI970UZH8EL7L4PJD1S37
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Story Text: Argentine human rights group the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo marched on Tuesday (May 17), demanding closure on cases of children stolen from suspected leftist subversives during the country's last dictatorship (1976-1983).
The protest focused on the case of the Noble Herrera family, who runs one of Argentina's largest media conglomerates. The Grandmothers suspect the two children of the family are among those stolen from victims of the dictatorship and placed in homes of sympathizers of the military government.
"This situation of Marcela and Felipe is only one and should not be repeated. And all of this we do for them, for these two people who we are anxious to know if they are the grandchildren that we are seeking," said Estela Barnes de Carlotto, the founder and President of the Grandmothers.
President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, have been fundamental in reopening trials on crimes committed by the military regime. The Noble Herrera family is the head of the Clarin Group, which has often wrangled with Fernandez's government.
More then 11,000 people died or disappeared during Argentina's 'Dirty War', a systematic crackdown on leftists and other opponents of the military regime. Human rights groups like the Grandmothers say the number is closer to 30,000.
The Grandmothers have set up a DNA bank and combed the country, looking for expropriated children. They have reunited over 100 children with their biological families.
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