Madresplazamayo

2175 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 26 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in honor of the group of women who became a symbol of human rights activism and courage by denouncing the crimes and atrocities commited by the military junta that ruled Argentina during 1976-1983. Dressed in black, they demonstrated for years every Thursday afternoon in the famous Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, demanding to know the fates of their disappeared sons and daughters. During the course of their movement, many Mothers became themselves victims of the military regime. The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo stand out as a shining example to the world that courage and dignity can still blossom in the hearts of many people, even under the most oppressive regimes. (M 34630)

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