photo coverage

Dictator Videla face to face

29 years of the beginning of the dictatorship in Argentina. A popular demonstration front of the house of the president of the military government Rafael Videla, where he lives in domiciliary jail. «Escrache» is the name of this type of protest which «HIJOS», a social movement of the sons of the victims, has invented. Today with a crane to reach the floor of the apartment.

PON0424210.jpg

An activist with a Jorge Rafael Videla costume.

PON0424210.jpg
PON0424208.jpg

Nora Cortiñas in the «escrache» to Rafael Videla. The Escrache is a a type of demonstration in which a group of activists go to the home or place of work of someone they wish to denounce.

PON0424208.jpg
PON0424209.jpg

A kiss during the demonstration against Videla.

PON0424209.jpg
PON0424211.jpg

HIJOS is an acronym for Hijos por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio (English: Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Oblivion and Silence). It is the name of organizations of the children of people who were «disappeared» in Argentina.

PON0424211.jpg
PON0424205.jpg

The activists spend several days in the neighborhood before the «escrache», they give flyers to the neighbors to inform them the activities of the people against whom they will be perfoming the «escrache».

PON0424205.jpg
PON0424212.jpg

The police faces the demonstration with fences and a huge presence of police officers, but nevertheless the security of the action is organized but the own activists. On some occations they have received provocative remarks from the police officers themselves.

PON0424212.jpg
PON0424206.jpg

The activists used a machine to arrive to the floor number 6 where Videla lives.

PON0424206.jpg
PON0424207.jpg

The «escraches» are popular actions against torturers that participated of the military dictatorship. This time it takes place at Rafael Videla’s home.

PON0424207.jpg