Continuing the theme of how the Argentine “Dirty War” continues to play a very visible role in public perceptions and memory in Buenos Aires, here is another example of the street graffiti I saw in 2007. The final phrase (“Mirar para otro lado”) refers to the ways in which Argentines looked away when military police dragged “subversives” screaming off of crowded streets, throwing them into police vehicles and most likely to their deaths, fearing that to try to stop the police would only lead to those who spoke out meeting a similar fate. The man portrayed in this image is Jorge Videla, the military general who led the junta that took control in 1976 and who was the longest-serving president of the Argentine dictatorship, leaving office only in 1981.
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