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Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires

 

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Plaza de Mayo stands as a powerful symbol of resilience and defiance in the heart of Buenos Aires. This historic square has been the epicenter of countless movements, each fighting against oppression and demanding justice.

Most famously, it is known for the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, a group of courageous women who, beginning in 1977, publicly protested the disappearance of their children during Argentina’s brutal military dictatorship. Their persistent marches, held every Thursday, have transformed the Plaza into a living testament to the struggle against state terrorism and the fight for human rights.

The Plaza de Mayo is not just a place of mourning but a beacon of hope and solidarity. It has hosted diverse protests, from labor strikes to feminist marches, continuously serving as a space where voices rise against inequality and authoritarianism.

The square’s legacy dates back to its pivotal role in Argentine history. On the first anniversary of the May Revolution in 1811, the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid) was inaugurated in the square’s hub, becoming Buenos Aires’ first national monument. Over the years, Plaza de Mayo has been the scene of the most momentous events in Argentine history, as well as the largest popular demonstrations in the country.

Visiting Plaza de Mayo is to walk through the footsteps of those who dared to stand up, a reminder that the fight for justice is ongoing and that collective action can challenge and change oppressive systems.

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