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Hunger Strikers for Cindy

As a result of a request from CODE PINK, people around the country are hunger-striking for Cindy Sheehan.

I spoke with Diane Wilson a little while ago. She's been hunger striking in Crawford since last Saturday.

She said Cindy's sister has joined in the hunger strike as well.

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Between 1976 and 1983, the Argentine military waged a Dirty War against its own people.

During those seven years, the country was ruled by a three-member military junta. Their purported goal was to restore order following a period of prolonged civil strife, riots and violence.

Their actual goal was to rid Argentina of what it considered to be a subversive leftwing element – by any means necessary. To say their measures were extreme would be an understatement. The brutal torture and murder of innocents were carried out in secret.

While the exact numbers may never be known, most agree that some 30,000 Argentines disappeared. There were no records of arrest. No hearings. No trials. What took place was, in effect, a systematic and covert series of political abductions that were followed by torture and death.

The vast majority of the desaparecidos – as they are known in Spanish – were young people – most college students – who were suspected of participating in anti-government activities or – in many cases – of just being sympathizers.

When someone – usually a mother – presented to the authorities to report a missing son or daughter, reports were rarely taken. Police, instead, told the concerned relative to go home. “Your son probably ran away

Thank you for the history lesson.

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