Sunday, 19 July 2009

Argentina: AMIA, Fifteen Years On

On July 18, 1994, a terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish community centre left 85 dead and hundreds more injured. Fifteen years on, no one has been convicted of the crime and the circumstances surrounding it are still unclear. Argentina blames Iran for the bombing, but in a mess of bodged investigations and corruption, no individuals have been put behind bars. The Supreme Court has recently declared that the investigation may be reopened, so that is a small reason for hope, but the process drags on, and with every year the possibility of tracking down the perpetrators recedes still further.

As always, the anniversary brings with it a flurry of commemorative gestures and protests against impunity - even if, this year, public gatherings are reduced because of swine flu. The main demonstration has been postponed until the epidemic abates, but many people still arrived at the site shortly before 9.53, the time of the bombing, to observe a minute's silence.

Under the circumstances, the AMIA association has been making use of the media in lieu of mass events:

and has constructed a special website.

There are also exhibitions in the Centro Cultural Recoleta and Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas.

Quince aƱos de la AMIA (Pagina/12)
Por la memoria de la AMIA (Pagina/12)
Una causa que no puede salir de los escombros (Pagina/12)
Recuerdan a las victimas del atentado frente a la sede de la AMIA (Pagina/12)

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