It is 44 years since the tragic “Night of the Pencils”

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On the night of September 16, 44 years ago, one of the most sadly remembered events of the last Argentine civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983), when ten high school students were kidnapped and disappeared in the city of La Plata.

One of the four survivors – six are still missing – of the call “Night of the Pencils” is Emilce Moler, who said about the anniversary that is commemorated this Wednesday, in an online conversation organized by the Argentine Human Rights Secretariat, that at present “studying has that concept of freedom” so that situations like the one that lived.

Truncated dreams

For her, the days of high school, when she started military in the peronism -ideology persecuted during the dictatorship-, it was “an amalgam of colors (…) that unfortunately later were truncated”.

“That’s where the grays come from, the shades that they should never have touched me in a secondary school, “asserted Moler, who is currently writing a book on” The Night of the Pencils. “As he says, he wants” a more credible version of what happened “to remain. it counts in the remembered film “The night of the pencils” (Héctor Olivera, 1986).

“With a look over time I allow myself to make other considerations, today everyone has elements to talk about this issue politics, that it would be important not to continue repeating “, he considered.

The fight continues

The member of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo-Founding Line Taty Almeida, who assured that “militancy is commitment, it is companionship”.

“As our children did, the 30,000 and as the kids of ‘The night of the pencils’ did,” he said in reference to that event and the 30,000 missing detainees, which human rights organizations calculate that there was during the state terrorism of the last Argentine civil-military dictatorship.

The Argentine Minister of Security, Sabina Frederic, wrote this Wednesday on her Twitter account that “‘The night of the pencils’ constitutes one of the more painful footprints of the history of the country “.

“We continue to raise the flags of those and those students who fought and those who continue that fight to build a democratic, egalitarian and solidary society, “he stressed.

Adolescent detention

On the night of September 16, 1976 and in subsequent days, during the de facto government of Jorge Rafael Videla, the regime carried out a series of arrests that were mainly targeted at high school students with political and student activism, who had among their demands the granting of the bus ticket with a student discount.

The majority studied in the schools of the National University of La Plata (UNLP), an eminently university city that was one of the points where the regime used its repressive force to a greater degree.



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