The president of Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Hebe de Bonafini, arrives at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on May 4, 2017 to give a press conference.  (JUAN MABROMATA / AFP).
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The historic president of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Association, Hebe de Bonafini, died this Sunday at the age of 93, as reported this Sunday by the vice president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner. The news was confirmed in a statement by her family.

“dearest Hebe, mother of Plaza de Mayo, world symbol of the fight for Human Rights, pride of Argentina. God called you on National Sovereignty Day… It shouldn’t be a coincidence. Just thank you and see you always “said the former president of the country (2007-2015) through her official Twitter account.

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The Argentine government has decreed three days of national mourning for the death of the activistaccording to a statement released by the Presidency.

The president of Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Hebe de Bonafini, arrives at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on May 4, 2017 to give a press conference. (JUAN MABROMATA / AFP).

Hebe de Bonafini had been admitted on October 10 in the Italian Hospital of La Platathe city where she lived, to undergo complementary studies of her “non-communicable chronic conditions”, and was discharged three days later.

The last public appearance of Hebe de Bonafini It was on November 10, in the traditional “round” that the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo carry out every Thursday in front of the Casa Rosada.

“The doctors let me come because they know that it is also part of my health. I need the square to heal myself, I need you to improve me ”, the activist pointed out at that time.

Cristina Kirchner with Hebe de Bonafini in an image from August 11, 2016. (AFP).

Cristina Kirchner with Hebe de Bonafini in an image from August 11, 2016. (AFP).

The human rights activistWith two sons and her daughter-in-law missing during the dictatorship, she cultivated a controversial profile by becoming a staunch militant of Kirchnerism. In 2017, she was prosecuted for alleged misappropriation of public funds.

The death of Hebe de Bonafini It provoked disparate reactions on social networks, with multiple messages of affection and rejection of his figure, which was highly marked by his controversial statements and his praise of characters such as Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Fidel Castro or Hugo Chávez.

That revolutionary spirit did not affect his fame abroad, where he won numerous awards and distinctions, to the point of sharing the stage with the British singer Sting to the beat of “They dance alone” on several occasions.

That theme, composed by the former leader of The Police in 1987, was a tribute to the Chilean women who had lost their men during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990) and extended, during their performances in Argentina, to the claim of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.

The human rights activistwho would have turned 94 on December 4, had presided since 1979 one of the factions of the organization made up of mothers who lost their children during the last civic-military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983).

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