Pressure is mounting in Argentina for a full scale inquiry into the disappearance of about 15,000 people after the discovery of mass graves nea Buenos Aires.
GV French embassy building
SVs Italian embassy building (3 shots)
GV & SV West German embassy (2 shots)
GV TILT DOWN Department of Justice building (2 shots)
GV & SV Cemetery on outskirts of Buenos Aires (4 shots)
SV INTERIOR Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel speaking (SPANISH SOT)
GV Human rights poster in Spanish
CU Woman showing pictures of her missing children to camera and speaking (ENGLISH SOT)
GV & SV Demonstration in Plaza de Mayo, outside presidential palace (4 shots)
GV & CU Photographs of missing people, mounted on board (3 shots)
SCU Woman speaking about missing relatives (ITALIAN SOT)
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 8):
WOMAN INTERVIEWEE: "These are my three children who are missing from 1976. The three of them were students and they are part of the so many thousands of missing young people in Argentina. Not only people like them between 20 an 28 years old, but also babies and old people too."
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Background: Pressure is mounting in Argentina for a full scale inquiry into the disappearance of about 15,000 people after the discovery of mass graves nea Buenos Aires. Along with disquiet at home, the international community has added its voice to the call. Although President Reynaldo Bignone has promised the authorities will investigate the fate of thousands of people who disappeared after the 1976 military coup, commanders of his forces are expected to oppose to move. Since October up to 1,200 bodies have been found in unmarked graves in cemeteries on the outskirts of the capital. One of supporters of an investigation is Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the Argentine winner of the 1980 Nobel peace prize. The discovery of the graves has drawn attention to the dilemma of families of the missing political prisoners as to whether their relatives are among the dead. It's been reported at least 100 small children were present when their parents were allegedly killed or abducted by security forces and relatives, like this woman, have formed their own association, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, in an effort to locate these children. They believe that all the children are alive and being brought up by military families who have registered them as their own. Every Thursday afternoon in Buenos Aires thousands of parents and grandparents demonstrate in the Plaza de Mayo in front of the presidential palace. A recent statement by the junta renewed a promise to restore democracy to the country early in 1984 and said the government wished to clear up a range of issues including the fate of the many missing people.