At the age of 93, one of the emblematic women of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Hebe de Bonafini. The vice president confirmed it first on her social networks and then her family through a letter. She had been hospitalized for a few days at the Italian Hospital of La Plata.
If something stood out to Hebe in her life, it was the controversial phrases that had already become a registered trademark. Being an icon of civil resistance against the last dictatorship he has had, throughout these 39 years of democracy he has accumulated endless spicy and controversial phrases that marked a position, from his opposition to the conformation of the National Commission for the Disappearance of Persons (CONADEP) -to which Hebe wanted it to be managed by the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo-, until her rejection of democratic principles when they did not yield the results she wanted.
Below is a brief and random list of phrases that raised controversy:
1- “For the first time they passed the ballot to the United States. I was with my daughter in Cuba and I was very happy when I heard the news. I am not going to be a hypocrite with this topic: the attack did not hurt me at all. I was happy that, once, the barrier of the world, that filthy barrier, full of food, that barrier of gold, of riches, fell on them.”
September 2001, about the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, which left a balance of 3,000 fatalities.
two- “Verbitsky is a servant of the United States. He receives a salary from the Ford Foundation and, in addition to being Jewish, he is totally pro-American.”
September 2001, after Horacio Verbitsky’s criticism of Hebe de Bonafini’s statements.
3- “Who can think that the guerrilla people are going to torture? Only in Uribe’s shitty head can that fit. He’s shit and a great son of a bitch.”
January 3, 2008, about the then president of Colombia.
4- “President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has a lot of democracy and a lot of tolerance, because another government would have evicted them with sticks and gas as they deserved.”
June 25, 2008, about one of the many protests by the agricultural sector against the national government for resolution 125.
5- “It was a mobilization of the upper and middle classes who always come out for these things. From my place, I make the greatest repudiation for all the hypocrites who went to applaud him.”
March 31, 2009, after the call of those who attended to pay tribute to the remains of the recently deceased former president Raúl Alfonsín.
6- “Get out of our square, little balls sons of bitches! Get out of Bolivian shit!”
December 15, 2009, at the beginning of a “Thursday Round” of the Mothers, when they found themselves with the public wake as a protest for a murdered Bolivian.
7- “Enough of being democratic to be good. I shit on the good guys, I’m not good.”
March 24, 2017, in his speech commemorating the 1976 coup.
8- “She negotiated with those who killed her children. Negotiating with the enemy is the worst thing a person can do. I thought Estela was a dignified person, but now I think she’s a traitor.”
About Estela de Carlotto’s cordial relationship with María Eugenia Vidal, who in 1976 was 2 years old.
9- “They are an example of dignity and resistance to the world.”
On the ETA members convicted of terrorism in Spain.
10- “I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again: Macri is a reverend son of a thousand whores.”
March 24, 2017, same speech, about the presidential figure.