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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Murdering Pregnant women in Argentina's Neoliberal "dirty war"

Background

El Equipo de Antropología identificó a tres embarazadas desaparecidas

The Argentine Army called it "El Processo." US people call it a "dirty war." But to my friends who lived it, it was a genocide aimed at a whole generation of young people. Most of whom were no more than idealists or local activists trying to improve the lives of poor people, or stand up for their own rights peacefully. People were taken off the streets with no real crime. When they'd be asked the motto was "you must have been guilty of something. I wrote about this before. The killing teams used Ford Falcons and would come in the middle of the night to get people. But sometimes they'd pick people up right off the street. They once stopped my wife on her way home from school and told her they were watching her and that the only reason they didn't pick her up was that they knew her father. My friend tells me to call this a genocide, because it really was directed at Jews, Intellectuals, "progressives", socialists as well as marxists. And the ideology behind it was the same conservative "neoliberal" ideology that is behind libertarianism and conservatism in the USA. One that conflates the word "democracy" with socialism, and social progress with communism.

The Argentine Anthropology Team identified three missing women who had been pregnant during their foreinsic search.

Today I got a report passed to me from my friend and great painter Raquel Partnoy. The article is in Spanish:

http://www.infonews.com/permalink/142084/

Great Foreinsic work is being done in Argentina.

Summary

"Se trata de Mónica Edith De Olaso, Alicia Beatriz Tierra y Laura Gladys Romero. Con estos, el número de casos resueltos por Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo asciende a 113. Las jóvenes eran de Rosario, La Plata y Jujuy."

This is about the cases of Monica Edith De Olaso, Alicia Beatriz Earth and Gladys Laura Romero. With these, the number of cases discovered through efforts of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo stand at 113. These were youths from Rosario, La Plata and Jujuy.

"Hoy sabemos cuál fue el destino final de Mónica, Alicia y Laura, y con dolor cerramos la búsqueda de tres nietos, no porque hayamos restituido su identidad, sino porque sus madres fueron asesinadas embarazadas."

"We now know what the fate of Monica, Alicia and Laura was, and feel the pain of finding enclosed in their remains three foetii that would have been grandchildren, not because we have restored their identity, but because their mothers were killed while pregnant." The remaining hope of many of the mothers of the disappeared lies in recovering evidence of the fates of those children whose mothers were murdered after giving birth and the children secretly put up for adoption. But this article shows that in many cases even that hope is too much.

Who they were

The Grandmothers said in a statement released Wednesday: "EAAF successfully identified the three women who were killed while they were pregnant. While cases are resolved in 2012 and 2013, the results were released just this week."

"El Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF) logró identificar en los últimos años a tres mujeres embarazadas que permanecían desaparecidas desde la última dictadura. Se trata de Mónica Edith De Olaso, Alicia Beatriz Tierra y Laura Gladys Romero, quienes fueron asesinadas antes de dar a luz. Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo manifestó su dolor por la noticia pero destacó poder "conocer la verdad sobre lo ocurrido."

The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) successfully identified in recent years to three pregnant women who had been missing from the time of the dictatorship. These were Edith De Olaso Monica, Alicia Beatriz Earth and Laura Gladys Romero, who were murdered before giving birth. The spokesman for Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo expressed his sorrow at the news but said to "know the truth about what happened."

"Los restos de Mónica Edith De Olaso fueron encontrados juntos a los de su pareja, Alejandro Ford, en el cementerio de Ezpeleta, en Quilmes, y se pudo confirmar que la joven fue asesinada el 24 de junio de 1977, a poco de cumplir 19 años y con su embarazo en el tercer mes. Mónica y Alejandro militaban en el Partido Socialista de los Trabajadores (PST) en La Plata. El 11 de mayo de 1977 ambos fueron secuestrados y llevados a La Cacha. Mónica fue también vista en la Comisaría 5° de La Plata y en el Penal de Olmos, donde fue vista por última vez."

"The remains of Monica Edith De Olaso were found together with those of her partner, Alejandro Ford, in the cemetery of Ezpeleta, in Quilmes, and it was confirmed that the girl was murdered on June 24, 1977, shortly after her 19th birthday during her third month of pregnancy. Monica and Alejandro were members of the Socialist Workers Party (PST) in La Plata. The May 11, 1977 both were kidnapped and taken to La Cacha. Monica was also seen in the 5th Station of La Plata and the Criminal Olmos, where he was last seen."

"Alicia Tierra era santafecina y era conocida como "Lali". Estudiaba Humanidades y militaba en la Juventud Universitaria Peronista (JUP) y en Montoneros. Con 23 años y seis meses de embarazo, el 31 de diciembre de 1976 fue secuestrada en su casa en Rosario y fue luego llevada al Servicio de Información de la Jefatura de Policía de Rosario junto a su pareja. En 2012, el EAAF logró identificarla en el Cementerio de la Piedad de esa ciudad y determinó que fue asesinada el 28 de enero de 1977."

"Alicia was from Santa fe and was known as "Lali". She studied Humanities and was an activist in Peronist University Youth (JUP) and Montoneros. She was 23 years old and six months pregnant when on December 31, 1976 she was abducted from her home in Rosario and taken to the Information Service of the Police Headquarters of Rosario with her partner. In 2012, [the EAAF] managed to identify her remains in Piedad Cemetery in that city and determined that she was murdered on January 28, 1977."

"Laura Romero era de Jujuy, y militaba en el PRT-ERP junto a su compañero Luis Guillermo Vega Ceballos. La pareja fue secuestrada el 9 de abril de 1976 en el barrio de La Boca, Capital Federal, cuando Laura cursaba su cuarto mes de embarazo. Ambos fueron víctimas de los vuelos de la muerte: sus cuerpos aparecieron en la costa uruguaya, en la Laguna de Rocha, y fueron enterrados como NN. Recién lograron ser identificados 36 años después, a fines de 2012. "La noticia confirma, una vez más, la virulencia con que los represores se ensañaron con nuestros hijos. Los secuestraron, torturaron, a algunas mujeres las dejaron con vida hasta el momento de dar a luz, para luego robarles sus bebés; a otras las acribillaron aún con su hijo en el vientre", sostuvieron desde Abuelas."

"Laura Romero was from Jujuy, and active in the PRT-ERP with teammate Luis Guillermo Vega Ceballos. The couple was kidnapped on April 9, 1976 in the neighborhood of La Boca, Buenos Aires, when Laura was in her fourth month of pregnancy. Both were victims of the death flights: their bodies were found on the Uruguayan coast, in Laguna de Rocha, and were buried as John Does. It was 36 years later, in late 2012 that they were finally identified."

"This News confirms, once again, the virulence with which the oppressors Kidnapped, tortured, and took out their hate on our children. Leaving some women left alive until they give birth, so they could steal their babies, while others were riddled with bullets while a foetus was still in the womb." News from Grandmothers. Carlotto and Laura's file

I used Google translate to give me an idea of the translation, but it didn't do a pretty job so I had to basically translate it myself. I apologize for any mistakes, but I think I got it. This was a sad article to read, but we need to share it. To remember, and to ensure that it not occur here!

Visit Raquel Partnoy's artwork:

Further Reading:

http://holtesthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-war-against-vatican-ii-continues.html
http://holtesthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/03/more-evidence-of-us-and-vatican.html

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