Armed men assault activist in ‘political’ attack, rights group reports

The two assailants painted Milei slogan ‘VLLC’ on the wall of her home, H.I.J.O.S. said

Argentina Human rights group HIJOS member holds up a sign reading "They are 30,000" in reference to the victims of the last dictatorship. Photo: HIJOS

An activist with the human rights group H.I.J.O.S. was tied, beaten and sexually assaulted in a “political” attack at her home, the organization has reported. 

Two men allegedly broke into the activist’s home and waited to attack her when she returned, holding her at gunpoint and threatening to kill her.

“We haven’t come to rob you, we’ve come to kill you,” they reportedly told her. “They’re paying us for this.”

The organization added that the assailants painted “VLLC” on the wall, the acronym for President Javier Milei’s libertarian slogan viva la libertad, carajo (long live freedom, dammit).

“This attempt on her life is a political attack, motivated by her human rights and feminist activism. Nothing of value was taken, they only took folders with information about our group,” the organization wrote in a statement. 

The alleged attack took place days before Argentina’s day of memory, truth and justice, which is on March 24. The organization did not specify where it took place.

H.I.J.O.S. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Founded in 1995, H.I.J.O.S. fights for perpetrators of human rights abuses during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship to be held accountable for their crimes. Its founding members were the children of victims of state terror.

They said that the attack was “clearly correlated with the actions and hate speech that the highest authorities of the country express daily, inciting violence against those of us who campaign for human rights.” 

Milei and vice President Victoria Villarruel have both made public statements denying the crimes of Argentina’s last dictatorship, such as by claiming that the number of people disappeared and killed is far lower than the 30,000 widely accepted by human rights groups. 

Villarruel’s father and uncle were both in the Argentine army and involved in repression before and during the dictatorship. Her uncle was captain of a regiment that ran a clandestine detention center. He was arrested in 2015, but was deemed unfit to stand trial for medical reasons. 


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