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La Guerra Sucia or the Dirty War was the name given to the military campaign carried out by the Argentine government against its own citizens from 1976 to 1979. During these years, the government, led by the military, conducted a ruthless crusade against left-wing guerrillas and political dissidents. The military regime believed that the war was necessary to defeat communism, and, therefore, it was crucial to isolate their opposition from the support of the Argentine people. During the years of the campaign, military death squads roamed the streets in Argentina arresting people who were suspected of subversive activities. These people, the majority of whom are now referred to as los desaparecidos or the disappeared, were beaten, tortured, and disposed of without a trial or an ...

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