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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Claudio Roberto Rodriguez, whose father Osvaldo was a leftist militant missing since his January 1977 kidnapping by security forces, said he sided with new calls for justice. “The fact that the repressors are still free fills me with indignation, but I don’t believe in revenge. I believe in justice,” said Rodriguez, who is now 40. The older people who recalled the coup were far outnumbered by the young people who jammed the plaza amid sounds of beating drums, chanting and the burst of firecrackers. “They want to preserve memories of what happened and build a new country,” said the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel. Haide Gastelu, 77, told the crowd she rejoiced that forensic experts had finally found the remains of her 21-year-old son abducted in August 1976. “I have the truth, but I still lack justice. We are going to continue the march and keeping asking for this until we get it,” said Gastelu, a member of Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. The Mothers have been marching on the same plaza every week since 1977 demanding an official accounting for missing sons and daughters – the first to speak out against the dictatorship despite great risk. Earlier in the day, Kirchner unveiled a plaque at a military college to the victims of what he called “state-sponsored terror” and challenged a 1990 pardon for former junta leaders. “Maybe it’s time to unravel the web of impunity woven by those pardons,” said Kirchner, who last year successfully appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn 1980s-era amnesty laws shielding dozens of former officers from prosecution on human rights charges. “May the justice system quickly determine their validity or their unconstitutionality,” he said, denouncing junta leaders led by former army Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla. Following the end of the dictatorship in 1983, many military officers were tried on charges of abduction, torture and execution of suspected opponents of the regime. Some were imprisoned in 1985 and later pardoned along with leftist guerrillas in 1990 by then-President Carlos Menem, who called it a move toward “national reconciliation.” With Kirchner moving to reopen files, many of the junta’s surviving leaders and other officers have faced investigation and house arrest on human rights charges, including kidnapping children of women who disappeared. On March 24, 1976, just after 3 a.m., the coup leaders announced they had toppled the constitutional government of Maria Estela Martinez de Peron, widow of the former strongman Juan Domingo Peron. She was evacuated by helicopter from the pink Government House, steps from where the rallies were held Friday. “Thirty Years of Life Defeating Death!” and “Not One Step Back!” read large banners strung alongside black-and-white photographs of victims of the so-called Dirty War, as many cried and lit candles. Some 3,600 photos of victims were also projected – one per second – onto the white stone flanks of a towering Buenos Aires monument known as the Obelisk. One small but violent protest punctuated a day of peaceful events. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Tens of thousands of Argentines massed in the capital Friday night in angry repudiation of a military coup 30 years ago, jamming the main square and plastering the city with the grainy photographs of those who disappeared in the dictatorship. At the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the junta – Argentina’s first national holiday marking the dictatorship’s beginning – President Nestor Kirchner grimly shouted “Never again!” and used a nationally televised address earlier in the day to challenge a 1990 pardon of military officers. “Thirty-thousand disappeared! Present! Present!” people chanted as they ended the soul-searching commemorations of the day in 1976 that brought on the dictatorship and its so-called crackdown on dissent. As for military officers pardoned in 1990, the crowd chanted “like the Nazis, wherever you go, we will find you!” In the final rally, people held up posters with faded black-and-white photographs of those still missing – officially put at 13,000 but estimated as high as 30,000 by human rights groups.