Obama Reschedules Buenos Aires Visit to Avoid 40-Year Coup Anniversary

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Following an outpouring of criticism from the Argentine public, US President Barack Obama rescheduled a March 24th trip to Buenos Aires, a day that marks the 40th anniversary of the bloody 1976 coup that installed a military dictatorship supported by the US.

Instead, Obama will visit the southern tourist resort of Bariloche, nearly 1000 miles from the Argentinian capital, to play golf. The schedule change came after human rights activists demanded Obama cancel or reschedule his visit, out of respect for those who suffered under the dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla.

The exact number of victims is disputed, with some estimates at 30,000, and probably more. Videla’s left-wing opponents, mostly young, were "disappeared" during his seven-year dictatorial reign.







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