Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice in Argentina Date in the current year: March 24, 2016

Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice in Argentina Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice is an Argentinian public holiday that commemorates the victims of the so-called Dirty War. It is held annually on March 24, the anniversary of the 1976 coup that overthrew Isabel Perón.

Isabel Perón was the third wife of Juan Perón. She became President of Argentina after her husband died in office in 1974. Two years later, she was overthrown during a right-wing coup d'état. General Jorge Rafael Videla became President of Argentina and established a military junta officially known as National Reorganization Process.

The junta carried out repression referred to as the Dirty War. Some claim that the Dirty War commenced in 1969, and the junta heavily extended the repression. The number of victims of the repression vary from 7,000 to 30,000, depending on the sourse. After the restoration of the democratic government in 1983, victims' families were provided compensation.

The commemoration that honors the victims of the Dirty War was officially established in 2002. However, it became a public national holiday only four years later because March 24, 2006 was the 30th anniversary of the coop. The holiday in marked by massive demonstrations and solemn ceremonies that take place throughout the country.

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