Argentina’s “Angel of Death” Gets Life Sentence

In Argentina, a court has sentenced twelve Argentine military and police officials to life in prison for their roles in the torture, murder, and disappearance of Argentine citizens during the military dictatorship of 1976-1983. Among the twelve is Alfredo Astiz, better known as the “Angel of Death.” Astis, who wasn’t exactly a sympathetic figure during the trial,  was convicted of murdering two French nuns as well as the founder of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, Azucena Villaflor. Awhile ago, I did a week-long series of posts featuring photographs of public commemorationsof the victims of the Argentine military regime. Below is a photo of a plaque commemorating Azucena Villaflor; she may be gone, but today, she and the other victims (as well as their families) of Astiz and his colleagues finally saw justice.

A plaque commemorating the life and work of Azucena Villaflor, who founded the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and who, in her fight for justice and human rights, became another of the victims of Argentina's military dictatorship.

About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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