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    In Argentina, the wives and mothers of missing people are continuing their weekly protests....despite official?

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    GV Women demonstrators moving around square, carrying roses (2 shots)
    CU Woman with written message
    SV Demonstrators
    GV Men counter-demonstrators chanting "Argentina"
    GV Women demonstrators

    During the World Cup in Argentina, with the large influx of foreign visitors and journalists, the police are reported to have been lenient in their treatment of the women, who fear the official attitude will change swiftly once the visitors go home. When the American Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, visited Argentina last November, he presented the government with a list of 7,5000 names of people said to have disappeared or to have been arrested without legal process for political reasons.

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    Background: In Argentina, the wives and mothers of missing people are continuing their weekly protests....despite official disapproval. An Argentine newspaper recently published a list identifying more than 3,000 people it says are "missing" political prisoners. Their womenfolk now demonstrate illegally once a week in front of the Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires as they campaign for information on the fate of their lost relatives.
    SYNOPSIS: Rain or shine, the women hold their procession every Thursday. The latest gathering last Thursday (22 June) started as usual with the women demonstrators moving around in the street outside the President's Palace. The marches have been taking place ever since the military took power in 1976 and President Jorge Videla was installed as head of state. The women have now become such a familiar sight in the Argentine capital that they have become known as "the mad mothers of Plaza de Mayo". The women have written pleas to President Videla for information about the people who have disappeared after arrest by the security forces.
    However on this occasion counter-demonstration formed. Reports from Buenos Aires described the people involved as plain-clothes policemen and security officers.
    The women believe the government is holding their relatives without trial, but the authorities claim many of the missing are guerrillas who have chosen to go underground or flee without telling their families.

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