|"Prison for the torturer": confronting Astiz. Photo: Clarin/AFP|
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Escraches Come North: “Incivility” or an End to Impunity?
It’s hard to say now what direction the protests will take, but they could turn out to be the U.S. version of Argentina’s escraches. Someday members of our political elite may finally have to answer for their crimes in front of a judge and a jury.
By David L. Wilson, MR OnlineJune 29, 2018
Seven years of military dictatorship in Argentina ended in 1983, but the regime’s officers remained a powerful force. The newly formed democratic government tried to appease them by passing two laws that granted almost total impunity for the junta’s many crimes: the “disappearance” of as many as 30,000 people, systematic torture, the dumping of live detainees from airplanes, and the practice of seizing the children of murdered activists and handing them over to childless military couples.
In the mid-1990s many of the survivors began fighting back against the impunity.[...]
Read the full article:https://mronline.org/2018/06/29/escraches-come-north-incivility-or-an-end-to-impunity/