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The use of the corpse as a political weapon has a long history in Argentina. The body has become political because of the country's arrested political development

By Nick Pearce   March 2007

As 2006 came to a close, the president of Argentina, Néstor Kirchner, made a televised address to the nation. Reading closely from his script in a thick, guttural accent, his cross-eyes scanning the pages, Kirchner angrily declared that he would stand firm in the defence of human rights and the rule of law. He would not, he said, be blackmailed by rogue elements into reversing his policy of bringing the torturers and killers of Argentina’s notorious military dictatorship to justice.

Half an hour later, a man was thrown out of a car in northern Buenos Aires. He was Luis Gérez,…

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