South American Dictatorships in Images

Greg Weeks points to this incredible, if harrowing, collection of photos from Operation Condor. The photos were found in Paraguay’s “Archives of Terror,” which documented the deaths of tens of thousands of South Americans at the hands of military regimes and the collaboration between dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Peru. We can and do talk about the horrors of human rights violations, the injustices of regimes that extrajudicially murdered their own citizens, and the sheer numbers of those who died under such regimes, but there is something about the photographs like those from Operation Condor that convey in a unique way exactly what that violence looked like on a daily basis for many.

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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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One Response to South American Dictatorships in Images

  1. Shawn says:

    Moving images. I was particularly struck by #66, the frontal image of the seated “military men” covering their faces to the photographer during their 2012 trial in Bahia Blanca, AR. It reminded me of Alicia Partnoy’s “The Little School”, where she describes being blindfolded for years in a detention center in order to conceal the identities of the officials and guards. Perhaps these military leaders never imagined that one day they would need to blindfold themselves before the bright flashes and naked stares of the formerly oppressed.

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