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article imageArgentina finds secret files of 1976-1983 military junta

By Layne Weiss     Nov 5, 2013 in World
Buenos Aires - A cleaning crew has found dossiers containing some 1,500 secret files containing transcripts of all meetings held by the military junta, which ruled Argentina from 1976-1983. The regime is blamed for as many as 30,000 deaths.
The documents were found Thursday at the Condor building in Buenos Aires, home of various air force houses, Argentina's Defense Minister Agustin Rossi told a press conference Monday, the Global Post reports.
"We find six original binders of the orders of the military junta, from March 24, 1976, to Dec. 10, 1983," he said.
""For the first time we have access to documents covering the whole period of military rule," Rossi added according to BBC News.
Additionally, three bound volumes of communications from the general public to the military were also found. This was mostly from families trying to find loved ones which had been killed or "disappeared" by the junta, the Global Post reports.
The documents also contain famous artists, journalists, and intellectuals that were blacklisted by the junta regime for "political reasons," Rossi said.
Folk singer Mercedes Sosa, writer Julio Cortazar,tango musician Osvaldo Pugliese, and actress Norma Aleandro are among those were blacklisted or censored for opposing the government, BBC News reports.
"They were classified from F1 to F4 according to their [perceived] level of threat [to society]," said Mr Rossi.
All the material found "is filed in chronological order" and "classified by subject," he added.
The Argentine government plans to publish the files soon.
The junta came to power on March 24, 1976, ousting Argentine President Isabel Peron. [url=http:// t=_blank]Gen. Rafael Videla became President. He handed over power to [url=http:// t=_blank]Gen. Roberto Viola in 1981.
The military junta killed as many as 30,000 people and demoralized thousands more, the Global Post reports.
Due to amnesty laws passed in the 1980s, their crimes went unpunished for decades. But in 2003, Argentina's Congress voted to overturn the amnesties, which led to the prosecution of military junta figures including Rafael Videla who died May 17 of this year at the age of 87. He was in prison serving a life sentence.
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