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Mothers of Argentina's 'disappeared' reject timing of Obama visit

Published 19/02/2016

Barack Obama is due to visit Argentina
Barack Obama is due to visit Argentina

The Argentinian human rights group Mothers Of The Plaza De Mayo on Friday rejected the timing of US president Barack Obama's visit to Argentina.

Mr Obama is set to arrive on March 23 for a two-day visit where he will meet with President Mauricio Macri.

The following day marks the 40th anniversary of the military coup that began Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship, in which thousands of suspected leftists were seized, tortured and secretly killed.

Nora Cortinas is a founding member of the group that has campaigned to find people forcibly "disappeared" by the dictatorship.

She told local radio Friday that she's "not amused" that Mr Obama's visit will coincide with the coup anniversary because the US facilitated dictatorships in South America during the 1970s.

The visit "will only bring back the most haunting memories", to those who lost children in the military crackdown, said Ms Cortinas. Her son was "disappeared" during Argentina's so-called Dirty War.

Human rights groups say about 30,000 people died or disappeared under Argentina's dictatorship.

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