Friday, March 27, 2015

New Argentine Money Honors Plaza de Mayo Human Rights Activists

The new 100 peso bill pays tribute to the mothers and grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo who stood up to the the country’s military dictatorship.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez revealed the country’s new 100 peso bill Thursday, paying tribute to the mothers and grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

The new monetary notes were unveiled during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, the site where the activists marched in defiance of the military dictatorship, demanding to know the whereabouts of their disappeared children.

“This is a tribute we want to do that comes from the nation,” said President Fernandez during a broadcast of the ceremony.

The notes feature on one side a profile image of a member of the mothers of the Plaze de Mayo wearing the characteristic white scarf over her head. The other side has an image of a march at the plaza in front of the presidential palace.

The mothers and grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo are highly regarded in Argentina for their bravery and resilience. Human rights groups estimate 30,000 people were forcibly disappeared by the military dictatorship, which lasted from 1976 to 1983. The children born to those in detention were stolen from their birth parents and given to wealthy families that supported the military regime.

The grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo have reunited 116 people with their birth parents, including the grandson of the founder of the group, Estela de Carlotto.

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1 comment:

JM Banknotes said...

Truly a beautiful banknote! The BCRA has been releasing some great commemorative banknotes lately.