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From: Andrew BEATTY >
Date: March 24, 2016 at 10:23:26 AM GMT-3
To: "Desiree N. Barnes" >
Subject: Pool report 2 - background
the WH sends along some background on the memorial
BACKGROUND: The President's visit to Argentina falls on the 40th anniversary of the 1976 military coup. To underscore our shared commitment to human rights, the President will visit the Parque de la Memoria to honor the victims of Argentina's "Dirty War." In addition to more than 4,000 documents that the United States has already released from that dark period, President Obama-at the request of the Argentine government and human rights groups-will announce a comprehensive effort to declassify additional documents,including, for the first time, military and intelligence records. On this anniversary and beyond, we're determined to do our part as Argentina continues to heal and move forward as one nation.
Parque de la Memoria - The 34-acre Parque de la Memoria (Remembrance Park) honors victims of the "Dirty War." Opened in 1997, it is located alongside the R?o de la Plata in the Belgrano neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The primary structure in the park is the Monument to the Victims of State Terrorism, a long wall - similar to the Vietnam War Memorial - containing 20,000 names and ages of victims. An additional 10,000 empty plaques represent victims who have yet to be identified. The wall is connected to a jetty that extends into the river, commemorating those who disappeared at sea.