Toronto Labour Support to the
Struggle for Democracy in Argentina
March 24, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 pm
In March 24, 1976, a dark cloud covered Argentina. The military took over the government, starting a brutal dictatorship, and a mounting terror campaign that ended with 30,000 labour and social activists disappearing. Unmarked cars with groups of unidentifiable, non-uniformed personnel kidnapped thousands and thousands of men, women and children; most of them never reappeared. To those thousand of men and women ended in jail or exiled. A whole generation was persecuted for their commitment to justice and social change.
Toronto and Canada were not oblivious to what was happening in the other end of the continent. The work of many here informed and educated unions, churches, social organization of what was taking place in Argentina. Slowly, one by one, a movement of solidarity grew. The Canadian labour solidarity was recognized later by the Argentinean democratic government. On March 13, 2010 Pat Riley, trade unionist and longshoreman from Saint John, New Brunswick was awarded the Medalla de Mayo. Pat received the medal as representative of all workers that illegally struck in 1979 asking for the freedom of trade unionists in a country that they barely knew. The Medalla de Mayo is the highest recognition granted by the Argentinean government. A panel of people involved in mobilizing in solidarity with Argentina will share with TWHP some of their experiences.
Beatriz Munarriz: Beatriz was born in Argentina, she is an anthropologist, moved to Canada in 1973 and worked in international development. She is now retired.
Don Lee: Don Lee worked for unions in Canada from 1972 to 2007. In 1979 he was Acting Director for Human Rights at the Ontario Federation of Labour. Don now works and lives in El Salvador documenting trade unionists killed during the civil war.
Enrique Tabak: Enrique Tabak, was a union member in Argentina until immigrated to Canada in 1974. In 1975, worked with other concerned Argentines in Toronto to form a Committee that would work against the human rights violations that were especially inflicted on working people.
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