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Argentine Activist's Ashes Scattered in Buenos Aires


The Argentine human rights group, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, has scattered the ashes of one of its founding members, 28 years after she was abducted during the country's military dictatorship.

Family and friends gathered on a Buenos Aires plaza Thursday to eulogize Azucena Villaflor, who disappeared in December 1977. Forensic experts identified her remains in July after they were unearthed in a cemetery on the outskirts of the Argentine capital.

Known for their signature white scarves, the mothers gather each week in the plaza to press for an accounting of their loved ones, who disappeared during the 1976 to 1983 military dictatorship.

At least 12,000 people are officially reported as missing or dead from the seven-year dictatorship, but human rights officials say the toll is more than double that number.

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