The Nobel Peace Prize winner Pérez Esquivel remembers Bonafini “as a companion”

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Buenos Aires, Nov 20 (EFE).- Human rights activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1980, remembered Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Argentine Mothers of Plaza de Mayo association, “as a companion.” passed away this Sunday.

“We remember her as a companion. We have walked together since the beginning of this, the violations (of human rights) and the recovery of democracy. Her departure hurts us, but her commitment strengthens us,” the artist told the Télam agency. and Argentine writer who will turn 91 on November 26.

Pérez Esquivel commented that the activist “was always a fighter, after the tragedy of her life and everything that happened in the country,” alluding to the arrest and disappearance of her two eldest sons, Jorge Omar (1950) and Raúl Alfredo (1953), in the early years of the last Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983).

“She was a woman who always sought truth, justice, reparation for the damage done to the people and, logically, she was a very severe critic of those who want oblivion and not talk about human rights,” said the Nobel Prize winner.

He also recalled that one could “agree or not with his positions”, in reference to many of his controversial positions and his permanent identification in recent years with the policies of Kirchnerism, a branch of Peronism first led by Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007). ) and later by Cristina Fernández (2007-2015).

“But yes, in the staunch defense of human rights together with the association of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo,” asserted Pérez Esquivel, who commented that, although “there were also disagreements at many times,” she stressed that she “maintained firmness and clarity in the face of human rights violations”.

Hebe de Bonafini (1928-2022) died this Sunday at 9:20 a.m. (12:20 GMT) at the Italian Hospital in La Plata, capital of the province of Buenos Aires, where she had been hospitalized for several days due to the aggravation of her chronic illnesses.

“These are very difficult moments and of deep sadness and we understand the love of the people for Hebe, but at this moment as a family we have the need to mourn the Mother of Plaza de Mayo, Hebe, in privacy,” her daughter said in a statement. Alejandra (1965), the only one of her three children who remains alive.

The news was announced by the vice president of Argentina and former president, Cristina Fernández, and shortly after the Executive of Alberto Fernández decreed three days of national mourning for the death.

As reported by the association she helped found, the ashes of Hebe de Bonafini will rest forever in the Plaza de Mayo, the space where she and her companions have cried out for decades with white scarves on their heads for the truth and justice for the disappeared. . EFE

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The Nobel Peace Prize winner Pérez Esquivel remembers Bonafini “as a companion”