On September 16, 1976 and in the following days, 18 years old and younger students were kidnapped, tortured and murdered in that city by members of the Police of the province of Buenos Aires.
Most of the boys were members of the Unión de Estudiantes Secundarios, a group belonging to the left-wing Peronism, and the Juventud Guevarista, a branch of the Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores (Revolutionary Workers’ Party).
Some of them had participated a year before in mobilizations to demand the Secondary School Student Ticket.
In that state of terrorism, Gustavo Calotti, Emilce Moler, Patricia Miranda and Pablo Díaz survived but Claudia Falcone, Francisco López, María Clara Ciocchini, Horacio Ungaro, Daniel Racero and Claudio de Acha are still missing.
Since 2014, National Youth Day has been commemorated on this date.
For this day, a mobilization is planned that will begin in Plaza Italia, La Plata and will conclude in the vicinity of the Ministry of Public Works of Buenos Aires under the slogan La Patria se recupera con el FMI (International Monetary Fund) afuera.
Participants will also denounce the intentions of presidential candidates Javier Milei (La Libertad Avanza) and Patricia Bullrich (Juntos por el Cambio) to end public education.