BUENOS AIRES (HPD) — Political and social activists bid farewell to Hebe de Bonafini, the deceased head of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Association, on Thursday in Buenos Aires, in a well-attended act of tribute in which her ashes were deposited in the same square where the demand for justice for the crimes of the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) survives.
The combative woman, a reference for human rights, who died on Sunday at the age of 93had expressly requested that his ashes rest in the Plaza de Mayo, the scene of the rounds that he led every week along with other mothers in demand for the appearance of their disappeared children alive.
“The day I die they don’t have to cry, they have to dance, they have to sing, have a party in the square, because I did what I wanted, said what I wanted and fought with everything,” said De Bonafini, co-founder while still alive from the humanitarian association in 1977, about how he would like his final farewell.
His followers chose a Thursday, the day on which the women who cover their heads with white scarves continue to walk around the pyramid that stands in the square for the 30,000 people who disappeared at the hands of the military..
Bonafini’s ashes were buried along with those of other members of the humanitarian association in the garden area surrounding the pyramid, at which time he was accompanied by several of his companions.
The fence that surrounds the monument also featured numerous images of the leader and messages addressed to her, some written on large handkerchiefs.
The 90-year-old Visitación de Loyola -with a missing son- said from a stage that the mothers “are going to follow her example, struggle, advice and her beautiful kindness.” She remembered her partner: “She didn’t leave, she’s with us. I always have her present, although she played a little ugly game on me, because I was the one who had to leave ”.
Officials belonging to Kirchnerism, the movement headed by Argentine vice president and former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007-2015) within Peronism, militants of left-wing social organizations and trade unionists participated in the tribute.
De Bonafini is praised by these sectors for her courage during the dictatorship – whose top leaders ended up being prosecuted and imprisoned – and her political positioning against the United States and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
De Bonafini was also very critical of Argentine President Alberto Fernández in recent times., considering that the renegotiation of the debt with the IMF deepened poverty. However, the humanitarian leader always remained loyal to Vice President Fernández de Kirchner.
A global symbol of the fight for Human Rights, the woman was a controversial figure that aroused support and hatred in the South American country.
His close proximity to Kirchnerism earned him harsh questioning from other political forces and disputes with other human rights organizations.
In a previous tribute session in the Chamber of Deputies, José Luis Espert, from the opposition force Avanza Libertad, recalled some of the most controversial statements made by the leader when on the occasion of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States He said he felt “joy” and that it didn’t hurt “at all.”
Espert made Bonafini’s career ugly by ironically questioning his role “as a sort of hero of human rights.” He was booed by pro-government legislators when he added: ”Are we going to honor the fraud? Are we going to honor a person who has been a true dishonor to the Nation?
At the end of her life, De Bonafini was marred by a corruption scandal when she was accused of alleged irregularities in the management of public funds destined for a social housing construction program of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Foundation. The case has not yet been resolved in court.