Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

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Running head: THE MOTHERS OF PLAZA DE MAYO The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Spring Browne Indian University East School of Social Work Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Human Rights echo in a different sound and vibrate with a different rhythm in the world of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, than it does in many citizens of the United States. These mothers have created effective human rights organizations. During the Argentine junta’s Dirty War, tens of thousands of citizens were abducted, tortured, murdered, and disappeared. A group of women altered Argentine politics forever. These women were mothers of many of those who were abducted and disappeared. These mothers changed from an informal group of housewives crying out for their children to an organization known worldwide demanding civil rights in the face of a brutal dictatorship (Bouvard, 1994.) March of 1976 three individuals from the armed forces adopted the Statute for the Process of National Reorganization, later referred to as the Proceso that gave them power to govern. They disbanded the Congress, implemented their own appointees in the Supreme Court and provincial high courts, and released most members of the judiciary. The few left had to swear to uphold the articles and objectives by which the military junta ruled. The junta felt as though they were preserving the moral and ideological health of the nation and the idea of exterminating the internal enemies. There were riots and civil disturbances, but above all brutality. The brutality came from the military group called Mano (Hand). They claimed to be involved in a religious crusade, a Holy War. Although, junta called it a Dirty War. Junta was the reorganization of the military. The nightmare of brutality was just that, a nightmare. After dark the terror in the streets,

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