Reporter remembers fear in Videla’s Argentina

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[The United States supported, armed, finances, trained, etc. military juntas all over Latin America. Ex-dictator of the Argentina just died in prison. Dead bodies, torture and the disappeared are a  legacy he shares with Uncle Sam. –NP]

Reporter remembers fear in Videla’s Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — It was just about a day after Argentine strongman Jorge Rafael Videla had seized power in March of 1976, and the bloodletting was already beginning.

I had trekked out to isolated Neuquen province looking for Maria Estela Martinez de Peron, the constitutionally elected leader that Videla and his military cohorts had just toppled. Working for The Associated Press, I wanted to talk to her, her captors or anyone else to get the story.

As it turns out, I could have been one of the military junta’s first victims that sunny afternoon.

The waters of the giant Nahuel Huapi lake, protected by the…

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