The founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo movement dies

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Died at years this Sunday in a hospital in the city of La Plata, Argentina, Hebe de Bonafini, president and one of the co-founders of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo movement, created in the years to put pressure on the authorities about the fate of young people who disappeared during the military regime (1976-83).

The death was confirmed by the activist’s only daughter, Alejandra. Bonafini’s other two children disappeared after being arrested by the military and are presumed dead. Argentine President Alberto Fern├índez issued a statement saying that he said goodbye “with deep pain and respect” for the woman who was “an international symbol in the search for memory, truth and justice for 30,000 disappeared”. Fern├índez declared three days of mourning in the country.The death de Bonafini provoked several reactions on social networks, with multiple messages of affection and rejection for political reasons, since she was very marked by controversial statements and praise for personalities such as Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Fidel Castro and Hugo Ch├ívez. The organization she led informed that her ashes will be scattered in Plaza de Mayo.

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