Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Argentina: 24 of March Sources and Materials

On the 33rd anniversary of the last coup d'etat in Argentina, I've compiled a selection of sources and materials about the dictatorship and the memory of it. All are freely accessible.

The government website, www.24demarzo.gov.ar, has a wealth of original materials (scans) and photographs. See the news headlines from the day of the coup and read Henry Kissinger's chilling green light for repression ("we won't cause you unnecessary difficulties"). Spanish language, except when the original document is English language.

The site of the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo (Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo) offers a series of full-size books about its work for free download as PDFs - for example, La historia de abuelas: 30 anos de busqueda. Spanish language.

The archive Memoria Abierta offers a guide to archives dealing with human rights in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil and Peru, plus other reading material. Spanish language materials mostly, although the site is also available in English.

In 2006, left-wing newspaper Pagina/12 produced a special supplement to commemorate 30 years since the coup, which is still available online. Spanish language.

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