The thirtieth anniversary of the Malvinas/Falklands War may have come and gone, but the attention given to it helped to remind many of just how deeply the reliance on repression and torture in Argentina’s military ran during the years of the “Dirty War” dictatorship of 1976-1983. Scholars of the period and of authoritarianism in Latin America have known for some time that many soldiers themselves were tortured while serving in the Malvinas/Falklands War. Additionally, some of the “heroes” of the war were themselves brutal torturers in the security apparatuses, responsible for torturing and even murdering and disappearing Argentine citizens during the military regime. The recent focus on the Malvinas has provided an important way to remember just how deeply-ingrained repression and human rights were within the military dictatorship, and that soldiers as well as civilians suffered at the hands of military officers and security apparatuses.
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