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Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo reject timing of Obama's visit to Argentina

Nora Cortinas, one of the leaders of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, in a July 2005 file photo.

Nora Cortinas, one of the leaders of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, in a July 2005 file photo.  (ap)

The Argentine human rights group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo on Friday rejected the timing of President Barack Obama's visit to Argentina.

Obama is set to arrive on March 23 for a two-day visit where he will meet with President Mauricio Macri. The following day marks the 40th anniversary of the military coup that began Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship, in which thousands of suspected leftists were seized, tortured and secretly killed.

Nora Cortinas is a founding member of the group that has campaigned to find people forcibly "disappeared" by the dictatorship. She told local radio Friday that she's "not amused" that Obama's visit will coincide with the coup anniversary because the U.S. facilitated dictatorships in South America during the 1970s.

The visit "will only bring back the most haunting memories," to those who lost children in the military crackdown, said Cortinas. Her son was disappeared during Argentina's so-called 'Dirty War.'

Human rights groups say about 30,000 people died or disappeared under Argentina's dictatorship.

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