Dia de los desaparecidos

Remembrance demonstrationBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA- Yesterday was an important holiday for Argentina, which made for an unexpectedly exciting day for me! I have tons of pictures, taken while I had absolutely no idea what was going on. The experience reminded me of storm chasers, happily running after tornadoes, until the wind changes direction and the maelstrom comes full force back at them.
I am happy to report that I can, in fact, scale a wrought iron fence with the best of ’em. And, no, their riot police don´t use tasers — just water shot from moving tanks and tear gas.
How I wish I had Photoshop down here!

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2 Responses to Dia de los desaparecidos

  1. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    Well, shit… You were a tourist turned kangeroo, then.

    Be careful, Marie. Wish you luck. Would you recommend tasers as a non-violent method of crowd control to the water cannon at this point?

  2. Avatar Tangobetty says:

    Thank you for supplying the graphic! Yes, that is exactly what I saw. The banner was very very long, and the procession at that point was quite solemn.

    The protests are still going on today. The grandmothers are back home, but the young people are becoming more militant and the police are everywhere — waiting patiently it seems. Today they were wearing riot helmets and carrying 4-ft-long wooden batons.

    The protestors carry huge banners and walk down narrow streets pounding drums and yelling, while the other marchers jump up and down pumping their fists and singing “ole, ole, ole, olah”. The police follow them and block off busy streets until the marchers pass. Such cooperation! And more exciting than watching the Boca Juniors, Maradona´s former team, play futbol.

    I am supposed to go look at waterfalls, and check out calving glaciers, but this is way more intriguing to me!

    And, Tony, I would definitely rather get soaked than zapped. I just hope they don´t zap and spray at the same time, or we will all be electrocuted!

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