World Cup: Argentinian team support for Mothers of the Plazo de Mayo

June 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm (anonymous, democracy, Human rights, Jim D, sport)

Ian W writes:

We are bombarded daily by the World Cup. The organisers of the event claim
that it is non-political, yet it is dominated by large multinatonal
Here you can see a photograph of the Argentine football team holding a
banner. This photo has been effectively censored by the international press and  Toutube has also blocked it. Why?
The banner simply states that the members of the football team support the
call for the for the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo to be awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize. Who are these mothers? They are the mothers of young men and
women who “disappeared” during the Dirty War carried out by the Argentine
Military Junta between 1976 and 1983.
An estimated 30,000 “disappeared”, that is were killed, because they were
socialists, communists, trade unionists, community organisers, students,
activists and so on who opposed the military dictatorship. Some of these
young women had babies, about 500 in total, who were not returned to their
natural families to live with their grandparents as their own parents had
been killed. The babies were given to military families who supported the
One day a week between 1977 and 2006 the Mothers, now grandmothers, would
walk around the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires demanding to know what had
happened to their children. They even did this during the dictatorship and
for their bravery three of the mothers also disappeared, that is were
killed, for daring to question the military dictatorship.
The present football team now supports the call for these mothers to be
awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.


  1. Laban said,

    No hat-tip for Socialist Unity ?

    As I noted in the comments there, Maradona met representatives of the grandmothers last Tuesday. Fair play to him (for once).

  2. Jim Denham said,

    Bloody hell, you’re right! It did appear on Socialist Unity didn’t it? I got it from the United Left email list, where Ian W had posted it. Don’t know whether that’s where SU got it from or vice versa.

  3. entdinglichung said,

    Argentinian player Alberto Tarantini, member of the winning squad in 1978, confronted during that world cup in Argentine the military dictator Videla when attending a banquet about the fate of three people from his neighbourhood who had been arrested and disappeared but he did not get any answer from Videla

  4. resistor said,

    As cultural commissar, I recommend

    The Official Version/Story (1985)
    La historia oficial (original title)

    The film was entirely shot in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, including the Plaza de Mayo where the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo congregated in the late 1970s with signs and pictures of desaparecidos who were subjected to forced disappearance by the Argentine military in the Dirty War. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo continue to protest every Thursday afternoon at 3:30 pm to this day.

  5. Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said,

    Cool, this completely escaped my attention, good on the Argie boys.

  6. Darren said,

    “No hat-tip for Socialist Unity ?”

    Did Socialist Unity hat tip anyone? The story and picture appeared on other blogs days before SU mentioned it.

  7. Poumnation « Poumista said,

    […] The World Cup and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. […]

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