who was the leader of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a life spent for human rights

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Hebe de Bonafini, a global symbol of human rights, has passed away at the age of 93

Posted on: 21-11-2022 10:45


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On the morning of Sunday 20 November, at the age of 93, she passed away Hebe de Bonafini, historical president of theMothers of the Plaza de Mayo“, the association of women who with a white kerchief on their head gave the Argentine military dictatorship a hard time (1976-1983) to find their disappeared daughters and sons.

Hebe de Bonafini, the announcement of the disappearance

The news of the disappearance was announced by sources close to the historic human rights activist and confirmed by the vice president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez.

“Dearest Hebe, Mother of the Plaza de Mayo, world symbol of the struggle for human rights, pride of Argentina. God called you on the day of national sovereignty… it shouldn’t be a coincidence. Simply thank you and hasta siempre”. So on Twitter the vice president of the Latin American country.

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The family statement

According to a note disclosed by the family, Hebe had been admitted to the Italian Hospital in the city of La Plata for tests and then discharged on 13 October. On December 4th she would have blown out 94 candles. In Argentina they were proclaimed three days of national mourning.

“Our president Hebe de Bonafini has moved house, as she said of the companions who preceded her. She will remain forever in the Plaza de Mayo,” the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Association said.

Hebe de Bonafini, icon of the fight for human rights

Symbol of the fight for human rights, de Bonafini has been at the head of the mothers’ demonstrations, every Thursday from 1977 to today, in front of the government building.

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Among the missing, kidnapped and captured by the military of the regime in the so-called ‘Dirty War’, there were also two sons of his sons: Jorge Omar and Raul Alfredo. Even of her daughter-in-law, Maria Elena Bugnone, there was no more news.

“We are a political organization, with a national and popular project of liberation”, Bonafini kept repeating.


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The article is in Italian

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