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Damn! 20 Cadenas so far and it’s only May! It must be some kind of personal record.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner used her favorite communication tool to address the population from Nuñez, where she officially inaugurated the ESMA memory site, a new museum-like space located in the facilities that were used as an illegal detention center and torture site during the last dictatorship.

The President was joined by the heads of the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo organizations, Hebe de Bonafini and Estela de Carlotto as well as her son Máximo and her suave-looking grandson, Néstor Iván.

If you’re ever looking for a museum to visit in Buenos Aires, make sure this is one of them. Few places in the city can explicitly put on display the horrors perpetrated by the military government that ruled between 1976 and 1983.

Today’s event was the first of a long list of ceremonies that will be taking place around the country in commemoration of May Week and a new anniversary of the May Revolution on May 25th.

Here are some highlights from today’s half-hour speech:

  • “Argentines have the huge responsibility of guaranteeing the respect for human rights”. This responsibility “can’t be in the hands of a president, a parliament or the Judiciary; it’s the people who must take control of their own history and take responsibility for tragedies and victories”.
  • “In a museum you keeps pieces of the past. In a site you keep memory, justice and truth”.
  • “Today there’s a victory of life over death” and of Argentina over anti-Argentina.
  • “When it comes to human rights, we’re an example to the world”.

Expect more Cadenas this week.