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  • A sign that reads "Obama, get out" is seen during a demonstration outside the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 15, 2016.
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    A sign that reads "Obama, get out" is seen during a demonstration outside the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 15, 2016.

Obama's visit coincides with the anniversary of the country's coup that installed a military junta and led to and a seven-year reign of state terror. The U.S.-backed military dictatorship murdered, tortured and disappeared tens of thousand of Argentines, and also stole babies from accused leftists and gave them to right-wing families to be raised.

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Argentina Tuesday evening to visit newly elected right-wing President Mauricio Macri. According to Obama's deputy security adviser, "President Macri has been a strong voice for democracy and human rights in Latin America." However, the facts on the ground suggest otherwise. Since narrowly winning his election and shortly after assuming power, Macri has undermined efforts launched by his predecessors to attain truth and justice for crimes during the "dirty war," has attacked the free press, and has ruled by decree which critics say is a signal of his authoritarian governing style. The Washinton Post noted in a headline earlier this month: "In Argentina, Obama will cheer on South America’s shift away from the left." This is in line with Washington's dirty diplomacy of the past that welcomed right wing regimes in Latin America reflexiviely because they weren't left-wing, even if these regimes murdered, raped, torutred and dissappeared people.

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