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article imageGiant portrait of Evita Perón inaugurated in Buenos Aires Special

By Igor I. Solar     Jul 27, 2011 in World
Buenos Aires - Argentina's president Cristina Fernádez inaugurated a giant portrait of the actress and political leader Eva Peron, in celebration of the fifty-ninth anniversary of her death, July 26, 1952.
In a solemn ceremony dedicated to commemorate that date, Cristina Fernández said that Evita "is not just a political representation, Eva Peron is a cultural and historical icon of all Argentines."
The President praised the iron work created by artist Daniel Santoro. The mural showing the image of Evita is similar to that shown on the cover of Evita’s autobiographic book "The Reason for My Life".
The portrait is 31 meters high and it was installed on the south face of the former Ministry of Public Works in Buenos Aires. It will be illuminated at night with LED multi-coloured lights.
President Cristina Fernández explained that the idea of creating and displaying the mural dedicated to the memory
Book cover of the first edition of  La Razón de mi vida  (The reason of my life )  autobiography of...
Book cover of the first edition of "La Razón de mi vida" (The reason of my life"), autobiography of Eva Perón (1951)
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of Eva Perón came to her when she saw the image of Argentine guerrilla leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in the Cuban Ministry of the Interior during a visit to Havana in January 2009. "How can a society pay tribute to a foreign man and we don’t do the same with a woman who meant not only the entry of women into politics, the leader of the most important social revolution in the country, but also a woman who took unrestricted representation of the people and the country with more passion and love than anyone else? ", said Ms. Fernandez in her speech, according to Clarin.com (in Spanish).
When Time Magazine interviewed Cristina Fernández in 2007 before she was elected as the first woman President of Argentina and asked Ms. Fernádez “How are you like Eva Peron — and how do you think you represent Argentina's national character?”, she answered: “…Eva was a unique phenomenon in Argentine history, so I'm not foolish enough to compare myself with her. Women of my generation owe her a debt: When we came of age during the dark [military] dictatorship of the 1970s, we had her example of passion and combativeness to get us through.” María Eva Duarte de Perón, better known as Evita was the wife of Juan Domingo Perón who was twice elected President of Argentina during the period 1946 to 1955 and a third time in 1973 until his death in 1974.
Evita was the second wife of Perón and she was very active in politics along with her husband, particularly dedicated to charities and women’s rights. She is credited with having been instrumental in achieving the right to vote for Argentine women in 1947. She died on July 26, 1952, victim of cervical cancer.
Digital Journal visited Evita's tomb located in the famous Cemetery La Recoleta in Buenos Aires. It always has flowers. "When a kid calls me "Evita", I feel like the mother of all kids, and all the weak and humble of my land. When a worker calls me "Evita", I feel like 'the partner' of all men." (Eva Perón, from her book "The Reason of my Life"
Mausoleum of the Duarte Family; tomb of Eva Duarte de Perón (Evita) at  La Recoleta  Cemetery  Buen...
Mausoleum of the Duarte Family; tomb of Eva Duarte de Perón (Evita) at "La Recoleta" Cemetery, Buenos Aires.
Mausoleum of the Duarte Family; tomb of Eva Duarte de Perón (Evita) at  La Recoleta  Cemetery  Buen...
Mausoleum of the Duarte Family; tomb of Eva Duarte de Perón (Evita) at "La Recoleta" Cemetery, Buenos Aires.
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