President Alberto Fernandez decreed three days of national mourning in homage to the “memory” of the head of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Hebe de Bonafiniwho passed away yesterday, Sunday, November 20, at the age of 93.
“An ordinary woman, who washes dishes and cooks, I’m nothing special. For all that, don’t do anything to me other than what I am. I wouldn’t like it. The day I die you don’t have to cry, you have to dance, They have to sing, have a party in the Plaza, because I did what I wanted, said what I wanted and fought with everything,” said Hebe de Bonafini.
The phrase was recalled in the video that the Madres de Plaza de Mayo broadcast on their social networks as part of the call to fire this coming Thursday the head of the human rights organization, within the framework of the usual weekly march, where it is estimated that there will be a massive rally.
For his part, President Alberto Fernández dismissed, through Twitterwith “deep pain and respect” for “a tireless fighter” and Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner remembered Bonafini as a “world symbol of the fight for human rights”, on the same social network.
This Sunday an intimate farewell ceremony was held that was organized by his daughter, Alejandra Bonafini.
Until victory always, Hebe!
Love with love is paid.
Thursday, November 24, 3:30 p.m. March No. 2328 – Plaza de Mayo. pic.twitter.com/Fnt1M1yq7k
– Press Mothers (@PrensaMadres) November 20, 2022
Meanwhile, on Thursday the usual march of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo will take place, where everything that the leader of the organization requested for the day of her death will be fulfilled.
“See you always, Hebe. The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Association announces that our president, Hebe de Bonafini, has changed her house, as she always said of her companions who preceded her in leaving. She will continue forever in Plaza de Mayo. Neither a step back!” the organization wrote in a statement posted on its social networks.
The entity stated that “at the request of Hebe herself, her ashes will rest in the Plaza de Mayo” and later convened Plaza de Mayo this November 24 at 3:30 p.m., under the slogan “Love is paid with love.”
“You taught us to walk, now we will follow in your footsteps. #HebeEterna”, they finished their post from the group that Bonafini had directed since 1979.
Bonafini’s remains will rest in Plaza de Mayo, as will Azucena Villaflor de Vicentithe first Mother, whose ashes remain buried at the base of the Pyramid of May, the same place where 45 years ago the women in white headscarves began a fight for human rights against state terrorism.
On April 30, 1977, at the height of the civic-military dictatorship, a group of women led by Villaflor de Vicenti gathered for the first time in the center of the Plaza de Mayo and since then they have never stopped doing so.
During the Covid-19 quarantine, the Mothers held their usual Thursday march virtually until September 1 of this year, when they resumed their meetings in downtown Buenos Aires.
Before resuming the face-to-face marches, on the last Thursday of August the ashes of Camarotti Rosea member of the organization who died at the time when the Mothers did not go to the Plaza de Mayo, leaving them in the flowerbed that surrounds the Mayo pyramid, as has been done historically with the referents of the group.
Bonafini had been hospitalized last October to undergo a series of check-ups, on October 13 she was discharged and shortly after, on November 10, she returned to participate in the marches of the Mothers in front of the Casa Rosada.
There he asked to “make a town to get all these shitty judges out,” referring to the ministers of the Supreme Court of Justice.
But in recent days she had to be hospitalized again due to complications in her health, a situation that was kept strictly confidential by her relatives.
Since the assassination attempt against the vice president Cristina Fernandez He made several public appeals to condemn the culprits and protect the former president, whom he had defined as “a daughter.”
He said along these lines that the Judiciary is “committed to forgiving murderers”, and called to defend the vice president from those who “want her convicted so that she does not run” in the 2023 elections.
After the announcement of Bonafini’s death, a group of people spontaneously approached the organization’s headquarters at Hipólito Yrigoyen 1584, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Monserrat.
The members of Madres were there Josefa De Fiori, Visitation De Loyola and Carmen Ariaswho received flowers, candles, photos and posters from the attendees.
Likewise, the group Hijos called for this afternoon a march in Plaza de Mayo starting at 5:00 p.m. to fire Hebe de Bonafini, under the slogan “Hasta la victoria siempre, Hebe.”
Under torrential rain, hundreds of people paid tribute and remembered “the legacy” of the co-founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.
Earlier, the presidential spokeswoman, Gabriela Cerruttifired in Twitter to Bonafini as a “fighter, tireless, always challenging”.
For her part, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Cecilia Moreau he assured: “Goodbye Hebe, rest, we promise you that we will not loosen up.”
and the artist Indio Solari he recalled in radio statements with AM1270 and Somos 530 “very nice meetings and wonderful conversations” with Bonafini, where he treated him “as if he were my grandmother or my mother, with kindness and mobilizing affection.”