A silent tide marches to demand “truth and justice” in Uruguay

Montevideo, (BLAZETRENDS).- A tide of tens of thousands of people marched this Saturday along the main avenue of the Uruguayan capital demanding “truth and justice” for the 197 disappeared during the civic-military dictatorship (1973-1985). .

Carrying black and white posters that recall the faces of the detained-disappeared Uruguayans, with handkerchiefs with legends such as “Truth and Justice” or daisies, a symbol of the cause, the protesters accompanied the 28th edition of the March of Silence.

“Where are they? Never again State Terrorism” was the phrase stamped on the banner that was in front of the crowd and the slogan chosen for this march by the members of Mothers and Families of Uruguayans Detained and Disappeared.

Sheltered by the blocks full of marchers, two of the founding mothers of the organization, María Bellizzi and Milka González, were leading the march in a car, holding up posters with photos of their sons, Andrés Bellizzi and Ruben Prieto, respectively, from inside the vehicles. .

Members of the group Mothers and Families of Uruguayans Detained and Disappeared demanded this Friday “with more force than ever” that whoever has information hand it over to “break with the culture of impunity,” since progress is “slow and insufficient.”

Hundreds of people participate in the 28th edition of the March of Silence, in Montevideo (Uruguay). BLAZETRENDS/Gianni Schiaffarino

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Alba González, mother of the disappeared Rafael Lezama, was in charge of reading the proclamation at a press conference for an edition of the massive march that, she said, over time “has been appropriated by the vast majority of the Uruguayan people, embracing a cause that he has understood as just and necessary”.

To which he stressed that the “exhibitions of affection and hope” over time “are infinite”, González emphasized the validity of the claim “for the truth that the Armed Forces keep kidnapped to this day.”

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“Today we demand it more strongly than ever. The search for our relatives cannot continue to be a blind search. It is necessary for those who have information to provide it. It is urgent to break the silence and break with the culture of impunity”, she declared.

After a brief allusion to the 50th anniversary of the General Strike that the workers carried out on June 27, 1973, the day the coup d’état by the repressive forces took place, González estimated that “too many” years have passed and there are still no answers. about what happened to these “sons and daughters, brothers, grandparents, neighbors, colleagues or friends.”

As detailed by the members of the group, this Saturday there were around 70 support mobilizations, both in the various departments (provinces) of Uruguay and outside the country, in cities in Argentina, Chile, Spain, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.

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