Several hundred human rights activists, many of them mothers of people who disappeared in the military's crackdown on leftist guerrillas, defied police and staged a demonstration in the centre of Buenos Aires.
GV EXTERIOR Line of police in street in central Buenos Aires
SV Demonstrators behind mounted policeman
SV Women standing with chant heard in background
GV Armed policemen in line
SV Marchers carrying large pennant and chanting
SCU Woman waving arm and chanting
SV Women talking and gesticulating near policemen (3 shots)
GV Group standing and chanting
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Background: Several hundred human rights activists, many of them mothers of people who disappeared in the military's crackdown on leftist guerrillas, defied police and staged a demonstration in the centre of Buenos Aires. The protestors vowed to staged a twenty four hour vigil, in an attempt to obtain information on their missing relatives. The disappearances were in the late 1970's when the Argentine Government waged its 'dirty war'. Human rights groups estimate that between six and thirty thousand people were abducted by security forces during the period. Hundreds of policemen were on the streets to prevent violence, and the vigil ended with a peaceful march through the heart of the capital. The week has seen unprecedented unrest in Argentina with, as well as this twenty-four hour protest, a general strike which paralysed most of the large cities and a mass political rally in the centre of the capital. Civilians have warned the military government that its credibility has been exhausted and elections scheduled for late 1983, should take place immediately.