The Mothers, the Dictatorship, and the Disappeared

On March 24, 1976, the military junta of Argentina held a coup and took control of the nation for seven years. During this time they were responsible for the murders / disappearance of as many as 30,000 citizens, the abduction of approximately 500 babies and the decimation of the Argentina economy.

photo by Adriana Lestido

One of the most famous organizations and symbols of the resistance to this terror is Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (“the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo”) who risked their lives in opposition to the dictatorship, and who continue to march to this very day for human rights.

Since the return of democracy on December 10, 1983 with the presidency of Raul Alfonsín, Argentine society has wrestled with the legacy of this terror and the struggle for to find out the truth and bring those guilty to justice is an ongoing one: as recently as 2017, 29 people were given life sentences for crimes against humanity, and this past June, the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo confirmed the identity of the 130th grandchild abducted by the dictatorship through DNA testing. In this tour we will visit a range of sites all over the city to try to create a sense of the terror of these times as well as the resistance to the dictatorship.

This is, of course, not the most “fun” tour, but understanding this history is essential to understanding life today in Argentina.

photo by Daniel Garcia

Duration:  4 hours.

Fees:  USD 120 for a group of up to 6 people. (Note this is the total price for the group, not a per person rate.)

Please, contact us directly for fees for larger group tours. Fee does not cover costs for any meals, snacks or drinks consumed during the tour.

Have questions or want to book a tour? Write to us at bacityguide@gmail.com 

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