Quarantined Argentines Use Balconies to Honor Disappeared


Argentines, forced indoors due to coronavirus, display handkerchiefs to remember those killed during dictatorship.

Even before President Alberto Fernandez placed Argentina on lockdown in order to combat COVID-19, organizers of the march on March 24, the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, had cancelled the public event because of the dangers posed by the virus. They read an address on public television instead, and urged people to show their support through social media, and by displaying on their balconies or doors white handkerchiefs, which symbolize the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, who fought against the dictatorship that stretched from 1976 to 1983. The coup d’etat occurred on March 24, 1976.

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