Argentine Nobel peace prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel began a fast on May 10 in protest over the military government's treatment of human rights issues.
GV Perez Esquivel leading demonstration in the Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires (2 SHOTS)
SVs Mothers carrying photos of missing people (5 SHOTS)
GV Banners strung across doors in Buenos Aires
SV INTERIOR Esquivel and hunger strikers chanting (2 SHOTS)
SVs Hunger strikers (2 shots)
SV Esquivel speaking in Spanish (SOT)
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Background: Argentine Nobel peace prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel began a fast on May 10 in protest over the military government's treatment of human rights issues. Mr Esquivel was joined by his son Leonardo, and three others in an action intended to express their outrage over a government report on the disappeared in Argentina. Last week the junta declared that the 30,000 people who had disappeared in a ruthless campaign to stifle opposition in the 1970s should be considered as dead. Every week in Buenos Aires the mothers of disappeared gather in the Plaza de Mayo to demand information about their children. Perez Esquivel has often given them his support while they await news of their sons and daughters. He is also fasting in protest against a proposed law granting amnesty to all members of the security forces who may have committed human rights abuses in the anti-guerrilla campaign. The junta report was immoral he said, and a blasphemy, not only against God, but against the Argentine people and all humanity. There was a need to create a new Argentina, said Mr. Esquivel, a place where human rights, freedom of expression and ideas were respected--a place where the armed forces defended the nation, but did not interfere with its political life.