Canada Argentina Bulletin.
Periodical profile published 1982
Year Published: 1982
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX2536
Abstract: This bi-monthly newsletter is published by three Toronto-based organizations: the Group for the Defense of Civil Rights in Argentina, the No Candu for Argentina Committee, and the Emergency Committee for Argentine Political Prisoners and Refugees. The Bulletin describes the oppression suffered by the people of Argentina under the military junta and reports on the relationship of Canadian government and businesses to this repressive dictatorship.
The most recent edition of the Bulletin describes the solidarity of Canadian labour with the working people of Argentina in their struggle for human rights and dignity. Several Canadian unions commissioned a mural which was unveiled in October at the national headquarters of the United Autoworkers. It depicts the struggle of the Mothers of May Square. Through their regular demonstrations in the Plaza de Mayo, "these women have dramatically focussed world attention on the disappearance of thousands of Argentinians and on the atrocities being committed by the junta. "As many as 30,000 people have "disappeared" during the junta's "War on Subversion"-- a fact for which the military dictatorship will not account.
This edition also draws attention to the junta's plans to consolidate its military power in the Southern Cone. The Argentine president, General Galtieri, has been negotiating with the United States for the sale of arms. According to the Bulletin, "His trading power rests on a willingness to send troops to El Salvador and the strategic importance of Argentina for control of the South Atlantic." Canada is seriously implicated in Argentina's bid for increased military power. The Canadian government is building a CANDU reactor in Argentina which will provide the technology needed to build nuclear bombs. "Recent reports indicate that the junta ...is currently testing rockets capable of delivering them." The CANDU reactor will be completed in about a year.