Controversy in Argentina over the ultraliberals’ narrative about the victims of the dictatorship. Critics denounce attempts to deny historical truth, while defenders seek recognition of the victims of the guerrilla.
The images show the anger provoked in Argentina by the new battle over the story opened by the ultraliberal extremists of Javier Milei. Thousands of protesters have gathered near the event in which Milei’s deputy, Villarruel, defended another side of history. That of those whom the Libertad Avanza formation considers were “victims of the left.” It refers to the hundreds murdered by the guerrillas and not the 30,000 disappeared by the bloody military dictatorship. The extremist group believes that the hundreds killed by the guerrillas and the thousands injured also deserve recognition.
“For 40 years the victims of terrorism were disappeared from memory, they were swept under the carpet of history. Any trace of them was eliminated. They were denied,” highlights Villarruel.
Human rights organizations and Peronist and left-wing political organizations have accused the libertarian candidate of trying to deny the truth of the bloody military regime. On the contrary, they remember that the memory of the victims of the dictatorship, whom those from Milei do not honor, is the one that has not yet been settled.
“It has been almost 40 years since we fought in the streets for the memory of our detained and disappeared colleagues. We continue to demand that the files that no Government wanted to open be opened and we continue to recover grandchildren thanks to collective memory,” says Vanesa Gagliardi, deputy. of Buenos Aires of the Socialist Workers Movement, who attended the demonstration against the event.
“A large part of our society understood that this is settled and that there are no doubts about what happened. It was state terrorism and from there it was the construction that we have been doing for forty years,” says another protester.
They believe that Milei’s party wants to reinstate the “theory of the two demons”, trying to equate the violence of the guerrilla groups with the state terrorism of the dictatorship.
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