Argentina: student protests commemorate “Night of the Pencils”

Thousands protesters led by high school students marched on Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo on Sept. 16 to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the “Night of the Pencils,” when student protesters demanding free public transportation and other benefits were kidnapped and killed by the military dictatorship. For the past four weeks, high school and university students in Argentina have occupied over 30 high schools, several buildings at the University of Buenos Aires, and the National University of Arts (IUNA) in response to budget cuts. The occupations have been repeatedly attacked by police forces. (Momento24, LAHT, Sept. 16; Occupy California, Sept. 12)

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