(Never Again) - Report of Conadep
The green light (or "free zone")
It is clear that when the gang or ’task force’ had to carry
out an operation, they had been given the ’green light’. If
any neighbour or caretaker of-the building involved got in touch
with the local Police headquarters or with a radio patrol-car
asking for help they would be told that the Police were aware of
what was going on, but could do nothing.
In order to overrule police authority, the forces taking
part in raids would ask for a ’green light’, which they did
either by radio, or by parking for a few minutes outside the
corresponding police station or central police headquarters.
Adolfo T. Ocampo (file No.
1104) describes how his daughter, Selma Julia Ocampo, was
2 a.m. on 11 August 1976, several men entered the building
where my daughter lived, broke down her door and forced their
way in. Others stayed outside to keep watch. This episode was
witnessed from the flat opposite by naval Captain Guillermo
He made a telephone call, and as a result two army
trucks arrived at the scene. The two groups immediately began
an intense gun battle (bullet-holes can still be seen on the
building). The shooting stopped when the troops who had
arrived in answer to Captain Andrew’s call heard the others
shout: ’We’ve been given a free zone.’ On hearing this
the troops withdrew, allowing the gang to get on with their
business. They ransacked the flat and stole possessions, then
took away Selma and a friend of hers, Inés Nocetti, neither
of whom have been heard of since...