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San Darío del andén – The living memory of Darío Santillán

After the huge economical and political crisis in Argentina, 2001, several popular organisations -the piqueteros, among many others- began a path of collective struggle towards solidarity and horizontalism. Dario Santillan y Maxi Kosteki participated of the piqueteros demonstration from June 26th 2002 and they were murdered in the frame of a massive repression, with dozens of wounded people and hundreds of detentions. Dario’s activism made him a political symbol and a popular icon who set an example of dignity and loyalty to the movement. A public library, a street and even the train station where they both died were named unofficially after Dario y Maxi. Some people, like Mabel, a Hare Krishna devotee, made him an object of devotion, so every 26th became also a day of prayer on his name.

Darío Santillán was killed by the police the 26 june 2002. We take this picture two month before in Lanus, Monte Chingolo.This picture was a present that we give to his father after his death.

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Mabel is a Hare Krishna devotee. On June 26th 2002 she turned on her tv and she thought: they killed my guardian angel. A few days later she made an altar on the train station and she said: «Here it is Saint Darío from the train station, patron saint of the piqueteros»

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«The Piquetero dreams». In a wall of the MTP (movement of piqueteros workers) of Escobar.

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Alberto is a male nurse in an Intensive Care Unit. As the father of Darío, he led the demonstrations and the requests for justice. Now he is building his house with bricks from the factory his son created.

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Road-Cut in the old way of the Pueyrredon Bridge, February 2002.

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Jony is part of a generation that after June 26th 2002 thought that there was something else in life worth doing. He works on a communal dinner, he plays music, finishes high school and he usually says he is 100% «piquetero».

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Carlos works in a communal blacksmith. His last memory of Darío is on the train they shared when they were going to the demonstration where he got killed. They both had a strong temper so they got into fights where they spent days without talking to each other.... (+)

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Autonomist congress in Roca Negra, Lanus, january 2003. Policy of the MTD (movement of workers unemployed).

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On every anniversary there is a mystic gathering under the bridge where all the people cook for the rest of the activists.

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Road cut in Pueyrredon Bridge six month after the deaths of Darío and Maxi.

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There are small private rituals among the people who remember Darío. This man -who is part of the security crew of the demonstration- still has the same stencil patch with the image of Darío, the one he got on the first anniversary of the massacre.

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Road Block between Buenos Aires and La Plata. A few days before, Javier Barrionuevo was killed in a Road Block like this in El Jaguel.

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Leo is Darío’s brother. He was 19 years-old when his brother was assassinated. Soon after, he reopened the communal brick’s factory that Darío had founded. Recently he had a son and he named him after his big brother.

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«We want you to have a better life». The publicity of an insurance will be used to a road block by the «piqueteros», Movement of unemployed people. This the unique way for them to have a voice.

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Marcial is a musician. Most of the time he teaches classes on the neighborhoods where his movement works. On June 26th 2002 he was one of the 33 people injured by metal bullets. He got shot on the leg.... (+)

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Marcial of the MTD after the expulsion of the Padelai in San Telmo.

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Florencia draw the last scene of Darío alive: taking care of his comrade Maxi and with his hand opened to stop the police. Every 26th of each month she goes to the train station in Avellaneda -re-named for the activist «Darío and Maxi Station»- to celebrate his memory.

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Pablo was Darío’s comrade. They hang out together every day. After Puente Pueyrredón Massacre, Pablo participated on the writing of a collective book with the story of the movement and the repression. The title is «Darío and Maxi, the piquetero dignity».

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Diego is a visual artist. Among other comrades, he created the educational-cultural activity «Es-cultura popular» and they coordinate the artistic demonstrations every June 26th.

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The MTD,  Movimiento de Trabajadores Desocupados, have lot of coincidence with Mexican movement of Zapatistas. They confront with the state for financial resources for their productive projects.

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Unemployed, road cut in the high-way Buenos Aires – La Plata, february of 2002.

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Allegorical representation of former president Eduardo Duhalde, political responsible of the massacre.

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