"BUENOS AIRES : PLAZA DE MAYO" Argentina Things to Do Tip by swesn

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  Madre de Plaza de Mayo
by swesn

Plaza de Mayo is the heart of the city and is surrounded by the Cabildo (Town Hall) and the Casa Rosada (Pink House which is the Presidential Palace) and the Cathedral.

On the ground surrounding the central monument are motifs painted like a head-scarf, signifying the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. The Mothers are the ones who were left asking : What happened? Where are they? Why my children??... when their children disappeared during the military dictatorship of the 1970s - 'The Dirty War'.

I happened to be there on a day when the Argentinians were having an exhibition to pay tributes to 'The Disappeareds'. Indeed, being at the right place at the right time, I got to read some of the posters and I broke into tears. It was a very humbling experience.

Naturally, it is difficult to time your visit with this.

But every Thursday at 3pm, there is a regular dignified quiet protest (very sad) where 'madres' with headscarves gather here for a walk around the plaza to continue to fight for answers to the disappeareds.

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  • Updated Nov 10, 2006
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