May 21 - Thousands join the annual 'March of Silence' in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, to appeal for justice for dictatorship-era victims. Sunita Rappai reports.
At this march, silence speaks louder than words. Around 50,000 participants take to the streets in Uruguay's capital city of Montevideo in the annual March of Silence. They are demanding justice for those who were killed in the country's military dictatorship of 1973 to 1985. SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) IVONNE KLINGUER, FRIEND OF VICTIM FELIX ORTIZ, SAYING: "I was persecuted because I was a medical student and I wasn't in agreement with the dictatorship. I was finally detained in January of 1982. They first looked for me in 1973. It was very difficult. This friend, Felix Ortiz, he knew where I was. He knew how to find me. And they killed him, torturing him when he didn't give up my address." A few hours earlier, a bill that would have repealed a controversial law preventing the investigation of cases of dictatorship victims was narrowly defeated in Congress. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MIGUEL DOMINGUEZ, FRIEND OF VICTIM WHO DISAPPEARED IN 1973, SAYING: "There is no other thing, nor any country in peace while there is no truth, justice and punishment for the guilty ones. All the politicians can go ahead and get that out of their heads." Around 200 people died and thousands were detained and tortured by the military during its rule. Sunita Rappai, Reuters