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Part I
The Repression

Nunca Más (Never Again) - Report of Conadep  - 1984


B. Abduction

There are some 600 instances of abductions recorded in the Commission’s files which are said to have taken place prior to the 24 March 1976 coup. After that date the number of people who were illegally deprived of their liberty throughout Argentina rises to the tens of thousands. Eight thousand, nine hundred and sixty of them have not reappeared to this day.

The method used was tested in the ’Independencia’ operation In Tucumán before the military government took power. It differs from the methods used in other countries because it was carried out in total secrecy, with regard to a person’s arrest, disappearance, and the persistent official refusal to admit responsibility. This repression took place over an extended period and affected the whole nation. The statistics we have compiled, based on information received, give the following percentages:


People, detained in front of witnesses, who have still not reappeared:  

Detained in their own homes 62,0 %
Detained in the street 24,6 %
Detained at work 7,0 %
Detained in their place of study 6,0 %

People who disappeared while legally detained in military, penal or police establishments

0,4 %




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