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Argentina begins healing process by reopening wounds of the Dirty War

It was called the Athletic Club but what went on in its basement in the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires has no place in a sporting manual. About 1,500 young men and women considered opponents of the military government in Argentina between 1976 and 1983 were tortured and murdered there. The building was bulldozed many years ago to make way for a flyover, but now the city council is excavating the ruins, not only to create a memorial to those who died but to try to find out what exactly happened to them. A sign at the site reads: “Ni olvido, ni perdon” – neither forget, nor forgive. Last week the lower house of congress voted to overturn the laws of immunity which protect those responsible for the torture and disappearance of thousands – estimates vary between 9,000 and 30,000 – of leftwingers in what is known as the Dirty War. Full Story

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