The Dirty War In a country surrounded by economic and political chaos the military decided it was their duty and their right to intervene and restore order. In Argentina in the year 1976, Isabel Per???n, who was the President at the time, was toppled by a military coup that was led by Jorge Rafael Videla. Repression and violence followed in the years to come. Some of the worst violations of human rights were committed during the bureaucratic authoritarian regime that lasted from 1976 to 1983. This period in time has been known as the “Dirty War”. In class we had the opportunity to see a film that presented us with authentic testimonials from this era. The film “Sol de noche” directed by Pablo Milstein and Norberto Lud???n focused on the story of Olga and Luis and their horrible ordeal through this war. The film shows how even today, both the survivors of this war and the nation in general are trying to recapture their identity, but at the same time they still must deal with the memories of a horrible past that still haunts them. During the rule of Isabel, Argentina found itself in a world of turmoil. Many guerrilla terrorist groups and Marxist-Leninist groups were organized. They were all in a struggle to control the government. On the other hand, the Argentine economy was experiencing inflation and capitol flight. It was all too evident that Isabel’s government was an ineffective and incompetent one. All the political and economic instability of the time led to the seizure of power by the military. When the military assumed power, their leader General Videla promised to end terrorism, stabilize the economy, and to restore a sense of morality to a society that found itself in disarray. The new political plan proposed by the military was called the “The Process of National Reorganization” or the Proceso. The military used counter-guerrilla tactics such as kidnapping, torturing, and “disappearing” those wh…
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